It has to be difficult being a health group that is invested in vaping regulations and is waiting on the FDA to come down on ecigarette companies. After all, many of them fight on and on to combat what they think are scary things, like eliquid.
We aren’t saying their fears are legitimate, because more often then not they aren’t, but it still can’t be easy getting the run around from the FDA and the White House while they work so hard to use any every scare tactic in the book to fight for the most strict vaping regulations possible.
On the one hand they get reassurances that the rules governing the ecig industry are coming, on the other they simply get referred to the same old statements insisting that there is a sense of urgency even when it doesn’t seem that way. Health organizations have ramped up the offensive against ecigs and have even been using taxpayer money to scare people are electronic cigarettes with the same old stale, discounted arguments.
One example is how the CDC has spread fear about hooking kids on ecigs while at the same time not even acknowledging the fact that since ecigs have been around teen smoking has hit all time lows and is decreasing faster than ever. Does their liberal misuse of data to create fear indicate a sense of desperation on their part to see ecig regulations happen faster.
I guess we can empathize with these folks because we’ve been waiting a long time for ecigarette regulation too. We probably aren’t waiting for the same reasons they are, because eliquid doesn’t scare us and we don’t want to be confined. But nonetheless, we do have an interest in seeing safety standards put in place so that the less than forthright ecigarette brands who are still trying to make a buck in a mischievous way are wiped out. Still, we aren’t going as far as to write President Obama a letter, yet others are.
That’s right, a grand total of 31 medical and health groups got together to write President Obama such a letter, expressing their impatience with ecigarette regulation and their concern with eliquid getting into the hands of our youth.
Among the 31 were the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Heart Association, all familiar to our readers for generally overreacting to the ecigarette issue. In the letter, they say that the wait for vaping regulations has caused ecigarette usage by youth to skyrocket. “This process has already taken far too long. We cannot afford more delays that allow tobacco companies to target our kids with a new generation of tobacco products,” the letter goes on to state.
FDA Vaping Regulations Are Coming And Probably Soon
As far as the FDA is concerned, they believe they are just as concerned as ever. In responde to criticism from health organizations they have released the following statement regarding the scary talk about teen ecig use:
“These staggering increases in such a short time underscore why FDA intends to regulate these additional products to protect public health. Rulemaking is a complex process, and this particular proposed rule resulted in more than 135,000 public comments for the agency to review and consider.
“FDA is committed to moving forward expeditiously to finalize the rule that will extend its authority to additional tobacco products such as ecigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and other currently unregulated tobacco products.”
Well, we do think the FDA has one thing right there; they need to tread very carefully so as not to squash what could be the first legitimate alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes that has ever come around.
The thing is, the data just isn’t there to get all of these people so hyped up. In a round about way, Shyam Biswal makes this exact point for us.
Biswal is a professor in the department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “It’s bad it took so long to make a dent in [conventional] tobacco users, and we are now starting something else, and we are just waiting and waiting and waiting. We don’t have the data that ecigarettes are a gateway [to other tobacco products], so we just wait. It should not be like that,” says Biswal.
He’s right that it shouldn’t be like that, because without that data those who try to restrict ecigarettes have no ground to stand on.
The fact is that the final draft of vaping regulations is on its way, whether we like it or not. Evapor companies are going to be under the microscope and some of that is a good thing. What we don’t want to see is a blanket outlawing of eliquid or open system technologies that could take the ecigarette revolution to the next level and help the millions of smokers out there who are looking to make a switch.
So while health groups get the run around from the FDA regarding finalizing vaping regulations, that’s a better situation than slowing down or outright killing a movement that could transform our smoking culture. That’s what we are all working toward, and that’ll keep us waiting for the right type of rules, not just the speed of when they get here.