Hello All - I sent letter to VT's representation in Wash. DC last week Re: the support Cole-Bishop bill; This is the response I just received, from one of our Senators in VT. If Bernie Sanders feels this way about the supported studies from FDA, CDC - I now have only small hopes anything will ever change... "Thank you for contacting me regarding the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act. As you know, last year the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) passed a rule extending its authority to regulate tobacco products, including vapor products. Under the new rule, FDA will now regulate vapor pens, electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah pipes, pipe tobacco, and nicotine gels under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The new rule also regulates youth access to tobacco products and establishes a policy for premarket review of new tobacco products, but includes an exemption for small-scale tobacco product manufacturers. In addition, FDA’s rule requires that tobacco products introduced after February 2007 be subject to a new regulations and approval process. The bill also includes licensing and advertising guidelines for these products. The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act would exempt products introduced since 2007 from these guidelines so that only new and future products would be subject to the rule. I support FDA’s efforts to better regulate the growing array of tobacco products, especially those that are targeted to or used by young Americans. We have long known that tobacco poses a significant public health threat, and the alarming increase in youth tobacco use is cause for concern, especially use by high school students. According to a study supported by FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national youth e-cigarette use increased from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015, a 900 percent increase. The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act is currently being considered by the House Subcommittee on Health, of which I am not a member. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should similar legislation be introduced in the United States Senate. Sincerely, BERNARD SANDERS United States Senator"