The FDA vaping regulation threat, otherwise known as the WAR ON VAPING, took a shot to the groin this week, as news emerged of a BIG win for vaping advocacy after a congressional committee passed an amendment that could bolster the industry against pending federal regulations.
But before we get into the meat of the situation, here’s a primer on what’s been going on for the past year or so:
The FDA is now in the process of adding a bunch of new stuff to its tobacco remit — this includes ecigs and cigars. And some of the proposed rules, which will come into play later this year, have been causing A LOT of vaping advocates sleepless nights.
FDA Vaping Regulation
Basically, the new rule, first devised two years ago, states that any product that wasn’t in circulation before February 15, 2007, so, pretty much all the cool stuff you use today, it will have to go through a very costly application process. And this would put 99.9% of vaping business out of business, as the costs of such a process would be enormous — millions of dollars, basically.
“On Tuesday,” reports Mother Board, “the House Committee on Appropriations approved an amendment to the Agriculture Bill that would change the date from February 15, 2007 to 30 days after whenever the FDA finally releases the regulations. This means vaping products that are currently on the market will still be subject to the FDA’s rules, but those companies won’t have to go bankrupt trying to get a bunch of paperwork done.”
There are some caveats, though. Vaping products will likely have to sport labels, saying things like: vaping’s bad; don’t do vape, kids; and, nicotine addiction is dangerous, etc. But this is a small cross to bear when you consider the outcome of the ruling, which will ensure all the brands we now have and enjoy will be safe from financial obliteration.
The bill needs to pass the house and senate before it’s a done deal but this is still a moment for celebration, as it shows some of the higher-ups in Washington have got our backs.
More news as it happens.