response from Senator Dianne Feinstein

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  1. Rolexman

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    Thank you for contacting me to express your views about electronic cigarettes. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome this opportunity to respond.

    As you know, electronic cigarettes, or "e-cigarettes," typically contain liquid nicotine which is vaporized and inhaled by the user. I recognize that these devices have become popular in recent years and that some individuals have been able to use them successfully as smoking cessation aids.

    While I am a strong supporter of smoking cessation aids, I believe it is important that consumers have accurate information about their safety and effectiveness. Nicotine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug, and some public health groups have expressed concern that e-cigarettes may be marketed to children and other vulnerable populations as a "safe" alternative to traditional cigarettes. In addition, there is a lack of research about the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation aids and about the safety of these products, some of which have been found to contain traces of toxic chemicals. Courts have ruled that e-cigarette manufacturers must submit evidence of a product's safety and effectiveness in controlling cigarette cravings before advertising an e-cigarette for this purpose.

    The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in 2009, gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products. In addition, the Act gave the FDA authority to issue a "deeming rule" making other tobacco-containing products subject to FDA regulation. To date, the FDA has not issued a "deeming rule" for electronic cigarettes, and these products remain unregulated by the FDA.

    The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act also requires that the FDA investigate new ways to ensure the safety and effectiveness of smoking cessation products, and to promote their use. On December 17, 2012, the FDA held a public hearing and invited comments via its website about smoking cessation. After reviewing these comments, the FDA will issue a report to Congress with proposals about ways to promote smoking cessation products and ensure their safety. Please know that I have made note of your support for e-cigarettes, and will keep it in mind as I review the FDA's report.

    Again, thank you for writing. If you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. Best regards.


    Sincerely yours,


    Dianne Feinstein
    United States Senator
     
  2. Jay-dub

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    She's paraphrasing Cartman from South Park. All I read was "Screw you, I do what I want". Bummer.
     
  3. supermarket

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    So basically what she is saying is that she doesn't really care what you have to say, and she isn't really going to listen to you. Politicians, don't you love 'em?
     
  4. buzzzlove

    buzzzlove Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Typical worthless politician dribble.
     
  5. toddrhodes

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    Almost stopped reading at "Nicotine is a dangerous drug." And the flouride in her toothpaste has been linked to cancer. And said dangerous drug occurs naturally in vegetables we eat every day (or at least should). Ugh.
     
  6. backitdown

    backitdown Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Why bother- that women is USELESS - The good folks in California p*ss and moan and then re elect the same idiots into office time and time again. Lets face it - the Dem's have ruined this fine state. They give as much money to the unions as they can and soon will bankrupt the state. Leaving the other states to bails us out in a few years down the line.

    Sorry for the small rant- but- I could continue.
     
  7. glasseye

    glasseye Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    sniff sniff
    I smell canned response.
     
  8. riseabovethestorm

    riseabovethestorm Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Way to boil that one down to it's essence.

    Well done.
     
  9. Pocha

    Pocha Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    No...basically she's saying:

    "Please know that I have made note of your support for e-cigarettes, and will keep it in mind as I review the FDA's report. "

    Thats a little different. There's plenty of time to get pissed off when she actually takes a position.
     
  10. DC2

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    I was unable to read your post as I have Diane Feinstein on ignore.
    Same with Barbara Boxer.
     
  11. LDS714

    LDS714 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    And she keeps getting sent back to Washington. Over and over and over and over.
     
  12. backitdown

    backitdown Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    +2 to you Mr DC2- As I said USELESS
     
  13. Jay-dub

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    You seem to have and excess of optimism. May I borrow some? :)
     
  14. LX1X

    LX1X Super Member ECF Veteran

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    what you expect from life long politician.. same ol crap different day.
     
  15. Fulgurant

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    Ms. Feinstein regurgitated the same misinformed and unscientific anti-ecig twaddle that the tobacco control industry's spoonfed to the media over the last several years. If nothing else, that indicates that her position will be based on information and arguments from decidedly vaper-hostile sources.

    She acknowledged the OP's support for e-cigs; I suppose that's something. But she also said that she did not and will not listen to what e-cig supporters say.
     
  16. Pocha

    Pocha Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    No..not necessarily optimism. I just prefer to freak out when there is an imminent reason to freak out.
     
  17. Pocha

    Pocha Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm sorry has she said that in the past? Because i didn't see that in her response at all. I plan to lobby her hard as possible when the time comes and I just shy away from preemptive hysteria an pessimism, I guess.
     
  18. SupplyDaddy

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    " and some public health groups have expressed concern that e-cigarettes may be marketed to " Translated to "You didn't include $10,000 to change my mind. They did!"
     
  19. Fulgurant

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    No, but she conveyed that message quite clearly in the email/letter quoted in the OP. Seriously, reading the following passage is like spraying yourself in the face with weaponized Eau d'ANTZ:

    "Nicotine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug, and some public health groups have expressed concern that e-cigarettes may be marketed to children and other vulnerable populations as a "safe" alternative to traditional cigarettes. In addition, there is a lack of research about the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation aids and about the safety of these products, some of which have been found to contain traces of toxic chemicals."​

    In fact, I almost admire the succinctness with which Feinstein's canned-response writer summarized our opposition's non-arguments. The point is that hers was not a letter written to encourage or endorse good-faith dialogue. Quite the opposite. It's a pat on the head and a dismissive reminder that the powers-that-be have their own ideas, regardless of what you say or how right you may be.
     
  20. EddardinWinter

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    She is not alone. They stopped listening a long time ago. Bastards.

    How have we let it come to this?

    Did you know, that if 3/4 of the States ratify an amendment, it becomes part of the Constitution? That is the only way we will ever get anything like term limits passed. The public supports this idea by a 75% majority, yet it never seems to even make it to the floor for a vote! In their minds, they are a collection of elite rulers, telling us what is best for us. It is 100% our fault, too. It's not just this one, either. The vast majority of them from both parties are dreadful career politicians. I could pick 100 better Senators out of a phone book.

    Damn, I have to get a white chip now at my next Political Talk Anonymous meeting.

    Well, at least it was a non-partisan rant...
     
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