In the News July 28th
Thursdays News at a glance:
Outpourings of Hot Air – Vaping’s secret weapon to battle the FDA e-cig regulations – Vape Manufacturers Prepare For Nuclear Winter – Regulations, Enforcement, Harm Reduction – FDA Claims It Is Protecting Public Health – Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Thursday, 28 July 2016
Paul Barnes – Facts Do Matter
I’m pretty sure we’ve been down this road before. The whole formaldehyde scare – leading to the “10 times more cancer causing chemicals” headlines. That particular study (which started life in the NEJM as a letter to the editor) has been roundly debunked – not least of which because to inhale burning e-liquid, is frankly a rather dumb idea. Any researcher that believes us vapers do that on a regular basis, most definitely need to get out more.
To battle the FDA e-cig regulations – Matt Rowland
In its ongoing struggle to overturn the FDA e-cig regulations, the American vaping industry might have recently discovered a very unlikely friend and ally. China might be the industry’s secret weapon, one with tremendous amounts of political influence, power, and money.
This week incredulity has crept into my head as I’ve watched vapers on social media complain that manufacturers are releasing device after device and a hundred new e-liquid lines. This post is probably going to aggravate a few people, but only because they haven’t bothered to read something other than a headline. In this one I’m not going to show my usual restraint — we’re all adults here so I am going to lay the facts on the line and let the chips fall where they may
Part One – Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy
It all started with the open advertising and availability of nicotine containing e-liquid by a vendor and community program up in Auckland on Facebook. The community submitted questions, discussions were had and expressions of concern from local community health providers were fielded as to how this was possible. Had the law changed? (no) Had there been a special exemption granted for this? (no). We decided to expand our investigations and research.
By Keeping Slightly Altered Cigarettes Off the Market – The Rest of the Story
Earlier this month, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)denied a substantially equivalent order for Maverick Menthol Silver Box 100s cigarettes. This means that this cigarette brand can no longer be marketed and sold in the U.S. By definition, a “not substantially equivalent” order means that the FDA has deemed that the product raises different questions of public health than cigarette brands already on the market in 2007.
On July 25, 2016, the Right to be Smoke Free Coalition and ten national and state e-vapor industry trade associations (the “E-Vapor Coalition”), filed a Motion for Summary Judgement in a lawsuit challenging parts of the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recently published “Deeming Rule” which, effective August 8, 2016, captures most e-vapor products as regulated tobacco products under the TCA.