On July 28th, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), made an announcement that, on the surface, is great news for the vape industry. The new plan for vape regulations extends some compliance deadlines to 2022 and is a step in the right direction, but there remains much room for improvement.
However, there is a legislative solution that does make sense. H.R. 1136, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017, helps lessen the grueling “premarket tobacco application” and will keep current products on the market.
This issue is important to me because vaping has allowed me to quit smoking. Cigarettes have proven negative effects and vaping has allowed me to escape these health issues. If the vape ban were to be upheld, I know that I would resign to smoking combustible cigarettes to satisfy my nicotine cravings.
I urge you to reach out to your Members of Congress asking them to support a sensible legislative solution to stop the FDA’s overreach and preserve vaping products.