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    FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes : Shots - Health News : NPR

    The proposal will be subject to public comment and further review by the agency before becoming final. But once that happens the rule would impose new restrictions, including:


    A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.


    A prohibition on distributing free samples.


    A ban on selling e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in places that never admit young people.


    A requirement that e-cigarettes carry warnings that they contain nicotine, which is addictive.


    E-cigarette manufacturers would be required to disclose the ingredients in their products.
    Not as bad as I thought it was going to be, but we've got to start hammering the public comment portion of this action while we can. Oooooh. There it is.

    The proposal would also require any new e-cigarettes to get FDA approval before being sold, and demand that current products provide a justification for remaining on the market.


    So this will just pass ownership of e-cigs from previous smokers and back to our previous tobacco masters.

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    FDA proposes deeming regulation that would give e-cigarette industry to Big Tobacco, would ban >99% of vapor products two years after issuance of Final Rule, allows only 75 days for public comments (for complex 241 page regulatory proposal)

    FDA proposes to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes

    http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-09491_PI.pdf

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    Link is at the bottom of the email I just received to comment on the FDA's proposal. We've only got 75 days to get the point across. I encourage everyone to open up notepad and start typing. Share your experiences and your knowledge about these products. If you need coaching, send me an email and I'll give you some key points to hit. david@valleyvapor.com

    Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA

    By Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products.

    Thank you for
    http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs...878ad77ece739c
    your petition on electronic cigarettes .

    First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them.

    Some background, which you may already know: The
    Overview of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: Consumer Fact Sheet
    Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco -- under the
    Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)
    Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act . And while it didn't apply right away to other tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes, the law gave the FDA authority to cover those products through regulation.

    We've
    http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs...45566acc57a78b
    issued a proposed rule to allow the FDA to regulate those products in the April 25, 2014 issue of the Federal Register. Electronic cigarettes containing nicotine derived from tobacco would meet the statutory definition of "tobacco product" and so they'd be subject to the FD&C Act when the proposed rule is finalized.

    Now the petition states that
    Section 905 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act - Annual Registration
    sections 905 and
    Section 910 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act - Application for Review of Certain Tobacco Products
    910 of the FD&C Act would "ban all e-cigarettes," and that's not true.

    If the FDA finalizes the rule in its current form, electronic cigarettes manufacturers will need authorization to sell products not commercially marketed as of February 15, 2007 -- but this doesn't mean these products would be banned. Sections 905 and 910 describe the applications and reports manufacturers will need to submit to sell their products.

    There will be two primary ways for tobacco products to obtain that authorization: either an application for "substantial equivalence," or an application for premarket approval.

    "Substantial equivalence" would ask manufacturers to compare their products to another product that was already commercially marketed by February 15, 2007 or that was previously found by FDA to be substantially equivalent -- though we acknowledge this may be challenging for electronic cigarettes. Second would be the premarket tobacco application, where a manufacturer submits information to the FDA establishing it would be "appropriate for the protection of public health" to allow the product to be marketed.

    We know that those applications may require time and resources to develop. That's why the FDA does not intend to take legal action against manufacturers for marketing their products without prior authorization until the FDA issues its decision on the application -- so long as the manufacturer gets its application in within two years and thirty days after the final rule is published. Our hope is to provide manufacturers flexibility as the FDA completes its review.

    So why are we seeking to regulate these products in the first place? As we discuss in the proposed rule, though all tobacco products are potentially harmful and potentially addictive, different categories of tobacco products may have the potential for varying effects on public health. There's still a lot we don't know about these products, and this rule will expand the amount of information available to the FDA and the public -- that's good for everyone.

    Some people believe that e-cigarettes may help smokers quit smoking and that switching from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes may reduce exposure to harmful components and constituents in cigarette smoke. But again, we don't know enough to make that call. This rule would help us to continue to analyze the potential benefits and risks of e-cigarettes, including their impact on nonusers and on the population as a whole.

    It's important to remember that this rule isn't final yet, though. We're seeking comments on the proposed rule as to how e-cigarettes should be regulated based on the continuum of nicotine-delivering products, and the potential benefits and risks associated with e-cigarettes.

    The
    Regulations.gov
    opportunity to comment on FDA's proposed rule is now open and comments are due on July 9, 2014. We encourage you to do so, and to provide any data and information you may have to support your comments.

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    Interesting point brought up in another conversation....that this is mostly to allow them a "re-do" on roll your own and pipe tobaccos. Apparently they didn't add the same massive tax to them by mistake back in 2007?

    I like a good conspiracy theory as well as the next guy but I don't see anything in there about a 2500% tax increase on bagged loose tobacco.

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