Unintended consequences of the FDA’s e-cigarette regulations

From: The Hill

By Christopher Russell, contributor

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule that extended the agency’s authority to regulate electronic cigarettes and related vapor products as tobacco products. However, these products do not actually contain tobacco.

In so doing, FDA started the clock ticking toward August 8, 2018, the date on which e-cigarettes, e-liquids and other related newly deemed tobacco products that do not have FDA approval to remain on the market can no longer be legally sold.

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FDA claims authority to regulate nicotine-free e-cig products

From: Winston-Salem Journal

By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal

The Food and Drug Administration’s response to a legal challenge on its electronic cigarette regulations is that all such products “present significant risks to the public health,” even when nicotine-free liquids are consumed.

Nicopure Labs LLC of Tampa, Fla., became on May 10 the first liquid nicotine manufacturer to file a federal lawsuit against the FDA for the controversial smokeless tobacco rules that went into effect Aug. 8.

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FDA E-Cigarette Regulations Give Smoking a Boost

From: Reason.com

The new rules will discourage smokers from switching to vaping, a much less dangerous alternative.

FDA’s Deeming Rule Goes Into Effect

From: Convenience Store News

Industry still objects to 2007 grandfather date.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The 90-day countdown has ticked down and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming rule and its regulations for electronic cigarettes and cigars are now effective.

The agency released the final deeming rule on May 5 and published it in the Federal Register on May 10, starting the countdown. The rule also extends the FDA’s regulatory authority to hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, as CSNews Online previously reported.

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New FDA tobacco regulations stir help, harm debate

By Richard Craver

The Food and Drug Administration is forging ahead with implementing a controversial set of new regulations on tobacco and nicotine products.

The rules, made official May 5, are set to go into effect Aug. 8 for electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, hookahs (water pipes), pipe tobacco, nicotine gels and certain dissolvables. The agency’s intent is clarifying the products’ potential for causing or reducing public harm.

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