Editors Note: CRE is interested in the views of the e-cigarette community on the February 17 post http://www.thecre.com/tpsac/?p=1119 which describes the extremely adverse health effects sustained from smoking counterfeit cigarettes.
Who is CRE?
CRE is a regulatory watchdog which ensures that federal regulators do not exceed their statutory charge to regulate. In doing so CRE acts to ensure that federal regulators comply with the “good government” laws which “regulate the regulators”.
The “good government” laws include the Data Quality Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act and Executive Order 12866-regulatory review.
In its watchdog role, CRE provides members of the public a mechanism to communicate with federal regulators; the mechanism is one created by CRE called the Interactive Public Docket .
The comments on the Interactive Public Docket are made available to regulators and on occasion, CRE prepares White Papers on a given subject and transmits the findings to the appropriate federal regulatory agencies.
CRE personnel have a long and distinguished record of federal service and have served on a number of federal advisory committees similar to TPSAC, but CRE is a private entity funded by grants from a wide range of industries and is not related to the US government. See the Wall Street Journal on CRE http://www.thecre.com/pdf/WSJ20020705.PDF
In addition, on the right hand side of every page of the the Interactive Public Docket there is a link to “About Forum” which gives additional information, see http://www.thecre.com/tpsac/?page_id=28 .
Unrestricted grants allow CRE to work on a wide range of interests for which it has no corporate sponsor, including, for example, an analytical review of e-cigarettes which has just begun and CRE’s extensive history on working for the legalization of medical marijuana.