Action Alert: Urge Congress to prevent FDA from banning e-cigarettes again and to stop FDA from giving the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco
Action Alert: Urge US Congress to prevent FDA from banning e-cigarettes again and to stop FDA from giving the e-cig industry to Big Tobacco
The FDA has stated its intent to propose (by the end of October) the “deeming” regulation to apply Chapter IX of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act (TCA) to all e-cigarettes (e-cigs), and to propose additional regulations for e-cigs.
To find/contact your two US Senators, go to U.S. Senate and enter your state in Find Your Senators (upper right corner) and hit GO, then click on the Name or Contact links for your Senators.
Calls, letters on Congressional websites, faxed letters, and visits to Congress members and/or staff are all recommended. Note that due to the Federal Government shutdown, some Congressional offices and/or contact methods may not be available, so try other offices and/or contact methods.
Please inform your members of Congress that:
- e-cigs have helped you quit smoking and/or reduce cigarette consumption,
- the “deeming” regulation would ban all e-cigs currently on the market per Section 910,
- FDA already unlawfully banned e-cigs in 2009 until federal judges struck it down in 2010,
- FDA has made false and misleading fear mongering claims about e-cigs since 2009,
- the “deeming” regulation would give the entire e-cig industry to Big Tobacco (and perhaps a few large e-cig companies) even if the FDA exempts e-cigs from Section 910,
- virtually all e-cigs are consumed by smokers and ex-smokers who switched to e-cigs,
- the CDC has falsely claimed e-cigs are addicting youth and are gateways to cigarettes,
- States (not FDA) should ban e-cig sales to minors and 25 states already have done so,
- Section 911 of the TCA would prohibit companies from truthfully saying that e-cigs “emit no smoke” and are less hazardous alternatives to cigarettes,
- additional FDA regulations for e-cigs (e.g. sales/marketing restrictions, nicotine restrictions, flavoring restrictions, e-liquid sales ban) could deny you and other consumers of legal and/or affordable access to e-cig products you now consume.
(please note this ECF posting and thread were accidentally deleted last week)
In response to the 2011 White House Petition, FDA’s then Director of the Center for Tobacco Products Lawrence Deyton responded by claiming:
“E-cigarette may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans or otherwise harm public health – for example, if they are attractive to young people and lead kids to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death. Because clinical studies of these products have not been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers currently have no way of knowing what types or concentrations of potentially harmful chemical are found in these products, or how much nicotine people inhale when they use these products.”
In January 2013, e-cig consumers submitted more than 5,200 comments to the FDA’s Docket on Section 918 (accounting for >99% of docket submissions) informing the agency of the benefits of e-cigs, and urging the agency to not ban or unjustifiably regulate the products. But the FDA has only made 99 of these comments available to the public Regulations.gov http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/for...eeded-now.html
In February 2013, more than 25,000 people submitted a Petition to White House to "Prevent the FDA from regulating or banning the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, accessories and associated liquids", but the White House still hasn’t responded. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...iated/RQLBYRsd
4/23/13 FDA Report to Congress per Section 918 of TCA contradicts and misrepresents evidence provided to agency on health benefits for smokers who switch to e-cigarettes or smokefree tobacco products, and on NRT’s dismal success rate for smoking and nicotine cessation at 2/3/11 IOM MRTP meeting, 8/25/11 MRTP meeting, 12/17/12 Section 918 public hearing, and in public comments submitted to agency’s respective dockets. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/G.../UCM348930.pdf
Please be aware - this is a reposted thread: the previous (more or less identical) thread was accidentally removed.
I'd also like to underscore the importance of this post. The next few months are going to be completely decisive in the future of vaping, and anyone who wishes to keep their access to these extraordinary products should take action.
In Europe, this battle is currently being won by vapers who have been consistently contacting their elected representatives with their stories, with the evidence, and with the ethical point that it is their right to choose to use these products.
I'm certain the same will happen in the United States, but only if every vaper takes a few moments to contact their representatives, in their own words, and correct the vast amount of misinformation that has been peddled over the last 5 years.
Please also note that this thread is going to be heavily moderated to ensure that it does not go off topic.
I called my Rep, Mike Rogers, here in Michigan this morning and gave my opinion and how I wanted him to vote on any legislation involving Ecigs. Gave the secretary a quick run down on how it helped me quit and some scientific info on nicotine. Maybe to much info but I feel strongly about this. Please, everybody, get involved. Don't depend on the other guy to do all the leg work. Let's stick together and show them our community strengths.
Here's yet another reason why vapers should urge their members of Congress to oppose the FDA deeming regulation (which would once again ban all e-cigs).
Durbin/Waxman step up lobbying for FDA deeming reg (that would ban all e-cigs) with staff report falsely accusing e-cig companies of target marketing to youth and falsely claiming e-cigs are addicting youth (as 99% of e-cigs have been consumed by adult smokers and vapers who quit smoking by switching, the vast majority of youth e-cig users are cigarette smokers, and there’s no evidence e-cigs have created daily dependence in any nonsmoker) http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/...d-c20c0b138f8f
When writing/calling, what do we say we oppose exactly? Is there a number, an official name of those 'deeming regulations"? What should the first paragraph of the letter (subject line in emails/letters) state?
that is such garbage, its not like adults do not enjoy something with flavor in it... I have messaged my representative in hopes he will see. Alcohol continues to have many flavorings this does not make youth flock to it. If the youth wants a drink they will get a drink regardless, the same is with cigarettes. Absolutely no cigarette or ecigarette store I have ever seen markets to youths they all require ID's to enter even. Anyone under 18 normally does not have a card or the ability to buy online so this argument is just hogwash. Why cant a grown man have something with a fruit flavor that they enjoy?
edit: also contacted my senators. please do the same everybody flood them this is on a national level and get your state guys and give them some of the truth so they are not so easily mislead..hopefully.