FDA Ban on E-Liquid Flavors!
In the ongoing battle between the vapers and the FDA, the FDA has come out swinging with a proposal to ban e-liquid flavors!
Despite whatever you think about the FDA and its intentions, there is a serious battle looming and the time is now to stand up and have your say. If you enjoy vaping and don’t want to see it altered any more than it already has been by legislation and regulation, then you need to stand up and have your say now, before e-liquid flavors are gone it’s too late. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) which has been published in the federal register is available now. You now have less than 90-days to register your comments to ensure that your voice is heard.
Over the next few months, vaping organizations from across North America will be offering suggestions and advice on how you can make your submissions to the FDA. Vaping advocacy groups such as VTA, the American Vaping Association, CASAA, and SFATA will all have advice and information on how you can ensure that your voice is heard. Imagine a world where you can’t vape your favorite e-liquid or e-juice flavors because a government employee somewhere took away your rights? Sounds like a pretty bland and boring vaping experience! IF you want to have, your voice heard, but you’re not sure where to start then checking out any of these websites would be a great place to start.
The Commissioner of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb M.D, released a statement earlier this week with some interesting points. “But when it comes to flavors in non-combustible products like electronic nicotine delivery systems or e-cigarettes we recognize the issue involves additional considerations. Here, it’s possible for flavors to do both harm and good. The troubling reality is that e-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among middle and high school students, and flavors are identified as one of the top three reasons for use. Given these findings, we need to be wary of the role flavors play in attracting youth to initiate on any tobacco product that could lead to regular use – something we clearly want to avoid. No child should use any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. At the same time, we’re aware that certain flavors may help currently addicted adult smokers switch to potentially less harmful forms of nicotine-containing tobacco products.”
It was interesting in a way because on the one hand, he acknowledged that many adults utilize vaporizers to quit smoking, while also addressing reports that children are choosing e-cigarettes because of the flavors. “I’ve talked to ex-smokers, who’ve told me that they quit cigarettes altogether and that they now vape. And they’ve also told me it was the flavors that helped them make that transition off combustible cigarettes. Now I know anecdotes aren’t the same as data. And the ANPRM specifically seeks data on this issue. But these personal stories are important to me as we shape our overall approach to smoking cessation. And it’s important to me that we uphold the FDA’s responsibility to consider all sides and take into account, among other things, the risks and benefits to the population as a whole.” While he may sound like he has everyone’s best interests at heart, the anti-vaping lobby is still a large industry and a force which shouldn’t be taken for granted. They can apply excessive amounts of pressure to the government and influence decisions which the FDA makes. That’s why it’s so important that all vapers have their say.
E-cigarettes aren’t the only product the FDA is ramping up on this week. They have also called for an ANPRM on the amount of nicotine currently in traditional cigarettes. The FDA is looking to reduce the amount of nicotine big tobacco puts into their range of traditional tobacco-related products.