The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a set of new rules earlier this year that aim to regulate the electronic cigarette industry. Among these rules include banning sales of the devices and related accessories to minors under the age of 18, banning vape shops and retailers from offering free samples, and requiring all new products to receive FDA approval before being released.
The FDA’s proposed regulations have received a mix of praise and criticism by the general public. Proponents say it’s a necessary step in laying the groundwork for a successful, long-lasting industry, whereas critics view the rules as nothing more than a way for lawmakers to strip consumers of their personal rights. Without experiencing the new regulations first hand, however, it’s nearly impossible to determine exactly what type of effect it will have on the industry and consumers.
But these rules have yet to take effect. Like most new laws proposed by the FDA and other federal organizations, it must first go through a public commenting period in which the public is allowed to share their thoughts and concerns regarding the changes. Surprisingly, however, the FDA has decided to extend the commenting period for its recently proposed e-cig regulations to August 8, 2014.
As of writing this post, the FDA’s proposed electronic cigarette regulations have received over 60,000 comments. Comments range from “e-cigarettes are the only thing that help me to quit,” to “electronic cigarettes are just as bad smoking.” Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and this platform is the perfect method for voicing how you feel about the FDA’s proposed regulations.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to deem products meeting the statutory definition of ‘tobacco product,’ except accessories of a proposed deemed tobacco product, to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act),” wrote the FDA on its public commenting page.
News of the public commenting extension comes in the wake of FDA’s decision to spend millions of dollars to fund dozens of different e-cig studies.
If you would like to voice your opinion on the FDA’s proposed e-cig laws, visit http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm198169.htm. Proposals can made in writing or email.