e-cigs. I'll be the first volunteer.
Lets keep this thread on track. No more OT please.
If you haven't done so yet, in the next week please contact Senate HELP Cmte members (contact info posted on the first page of this this thread) and urge them to "amend the Kennedy FDA tobacco bill to allow e-cigarettes and other smokefree tobacco/nicotine products to remain on the market and to be reasonably and responsibly regulated as a separate category of tobacco products."
This afternoon, the Senate HELP Cmte scheduled a markup session on Kennedy's yet-to-be introduced FDA tobacco bill for next Tuesday. Here's the notice.
From: Kolinski, Joe (HELP Committee)
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 1:40 PM
Subject: 05122009 Executive Session Notice
EXECUTIVE SESSION NOTICE
To: All Committee Members
Subject: The following Agenda to be Considered
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Time: 2:30 P.M.
Place: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building
1. S. ______, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
2. Any nominations cleared for action
Joseph R. Kolinski
May 5, 2009
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Here is what I emailed to President Obama:
PLEASE DON'T FORCE ME TO START SMOKING AGAIN.
I have Attention Deficit Disorder. I am 63 years old and have pre-hypertension. Therefore I cannot take the only FDA-approved drugs to treat ADD (amphetamines). Nicotine keeps my brain functioning so that I can lead a normal life.
Now that the FDA has blocked shipments, when my electronic cigarette's nicotine cartridges run out, I will have to choose between being dysfunctional or smoking tobacco. I don't want to start wheezing and coughing up phlegm again, but I can't stand being unable to drive a car, read, or work. Please don't allow the FDA to do this to me!
Part of the FDA mission is to protect public health. If the FDA has proof that it is SAFER for me to smoke cigarettes, they must publish that proof. If they DON'T KNOW, then please make them get out of the way and let me control my own health. I suspect that if inhaling nicotine vapor were more dangerous than smoking, users of the FDA-approved Nicotrol inhaler would be dying at a faster rate than continuing smokers.
If they succeed in regulating them at all, won't that automatically subject e-cigs to the whole testing/stalling process? Shouldn't we specify that e-cigs not be banned or confiscated during the verification process?
Think about how backward this is from our judicial system. In that, a suspect is innocent until proven guilty; with the FDA, it seems everything is hazardous until proven safe. Don't they know it's impossible to prove a negative? You can't prove that ANYTHING will never result in harm to anybody -- people have OD'ed on plain water, for cryin' out loud!
Please clarify before I write/call -- again. I want to be sure to say the right thing!
Per LuckyCharm's inquiry, Waxman's FDA tobacco bill (HR 1256) contains a 4 year moratorium for small companies to compy with many of the regulations.
Last year, Waxman agreed to this side deal with small tobacco companies (in exchange for their endorsement of the bill), which correctly complained that the legislation would otherwise drive them out of business because it would cost them far more (per package of tobacco) to comply with the regulations than it would cost high volume companies like PM, Reynolds and Lorillard.
While this four year moratorium for small companies is not likely to be in Kennedy's bill, it will be in the final version of the legislation.
If that's a "for sure," it's a bit of comfort, anyway. Thanks Bill!While this four year moratorium for small companies is not likely to be in Kennedy's bill, it will be in the final version of the legislation.
Nothing is "for sure" in Congress, but I'd give it a 99% likelihood. But we still need to get e-cigarettes amended into Kennedy's bill, or the 4 year moratorium won't matter.