​FDA LAWS ON VAPING AND HOW PEOPLE CAN STOP THEM

FDA LAWS ON VAPING AND HOW PEOPLE CAN STOP THEM

On May 5th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration made the
announcement of sweeping federal regulations for the ever flourishing $3.5
billion e-cigarette industry, setting off a blizzard of reaction from both
sides of the vaping debate.

The rules, which will take effect
from August 2016, regulate hookahs, cigars, e-cigarettes and any other tobacco
products in the same way as the FDA regulates traditional cigarettes. Sales to
persons under 18 years are highly prohibited, and buyers will have to show a
valid photo ID. (Many states have already begun making this move, including
California, which just passed down a law raising the age for buying any product
that has tobacco, including e-cigarettes to 21). But here’s the most
controversial part, E-cigarette producers will be obligated to go through a
lengthy registration and also safety review process with the FDA, providing a
list of ingredients—including potentially unhealthy
additives—manufacturing details, and evidence that the product is safe.
Manufacturers will have close to two years to sell any of their products while
their applications are being made ready, and up to one additional year, while
the FDA reviews them, making it close to three years.

Diverse reactions arose because
of this law. The public health advocates
are mostly satisfied. Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for
“Tobacco-Free Children”, called it a “critical initial move, but
not just enough. “

This FDA law is
hurting only those selling e-cigarettes and not the traditional cigarette that
is entirely harmful to users. The question now is what can we do about it
because if measures are not taken, many e-cigarette stores will be out of
business soon. I have listed below three
things you can do to join in the fight against this law to keep the healthier
e-cigarette alive.

Write letters
to editors of newspapers

Comments on websites are good,
but the fact remains nobody cares or reads them. People who still purchase newspapers and take the time to read the editorial page are often people with influence. We
can influence them by writing brief (150 to 300 words) compelling letters that
highlight our experiences against what the FDA is trying to support. Also, if
newspapers receive a bunch of letters from vapers, they might just be
interested in writing a few articles about the topic. This way, we continue building momentum!

Support online vendors and vape shops involved in the fight

E-cigarette
users would be considered wise to patronize the
businesses who are in it for the long term. If you purchase from vendors that
are only interested in just filling and enlarging their savings account, you
reward people who don’t care about all of us. Encouraging customers to join
CASAA is essential, but I also expect anyone I buy from to be a contributing
member of a national trade association or the AVA.

Call your
State representative’s office

Don’t be shy about anything! The
attendant taking the call will simply get your details (to verify you’re in
that Congress representative’s district), and make a note of what you say. CASAA’s calls to swift action have suggested points to
mention, but the principal thing is to let them know that you’re also a voter
who quit smoking with e-cigarettes. Then let them know you want to urge support
for legislation that will protect and preserve vapor products so other smokers
can continue to have the same opportunity that you’ve had. An elected
representative might not listen to only one constituent, but when multiple calls
come in on any topic, it does get their full attention.

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