After the grim news of the Cole-Bishop Act being snuffed out in congress, which challenged the FDA’s deeming rule by moving the grandfather date from 2007 to 2017 thus saving thousands of products that are on the market from impossibly expensive licensing process, vaping advocates now look to Rep. Duncan Hunter and his bill that could be a saving grace for the industry.
The bill which was introduced last week takes the progress that would’ve been made with the Cole-Bishop bill and takes it a step further by haulting the entire regulatory process due to go into effect in the coming months and would put many vape shops and manufacturers out of business.
“Given the current state of affairs, many are hopeful that this measure will be received positively. The Trump administration is killing many of the regulations that were set in place by the previous administration. The Surgeon General who has been incessantly campaigning against the products, has just been dismissed, while the new FDA head nominee, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has so far maintained an open attitude towards the products.
Rep. Hunter has been an important figure in fighting for the endorsement of vaping products as harm reduction tools for smoking cessation. Last February he sent a letter to President Trump explaining how the US is doing it all wrong in over regulating the products. Additionally, only last week, Hunter wrote another letter, this time to acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley, urging him to reconsider the newly announced e-cigarette ban on US Navy vehicles.”
www.vapingpost.com / Rep. Hunter proposes a bill that exempts e-cigs from FDA’s deeming rule
In short if approved the bill presented by Hunter titled “Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Electronic Vapor Alternatives Act of 2017” would affect vaping in the following ways: Separates vaping from tobacco products, establishes unique regulations, presents vaping as harm reduction and changes the name of the Center of Tobacco Products at the FDA to the Center for Tobacco Products and Harm Reduction. There are also sensible regulations listed in Hunter’s bill including setting strict standards for battery safety.