The Smoke-Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA) announced that the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment, last Tuesday, that could save 99 percent of e-cigarette products from prohibition.
The amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill offered by Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) and co-sponsored by Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA) would modify the grandfather date for vapor products in the FDA’s upcoming deeming rule.
“Without a change in the February 2007 predicate date, the FDA’s proposal will destroy thousands of small businesses and hand over the vapor industry to Big Tobacco.” warned Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association.
“While this amendment is just the very first step in the process to reevaluate e-cigarette and vaping products regulation based on sound science and overall population benefit, we are confident that the FDA will now find renewed impetus to work with the industry and researchers towards development of vaping products standards, to ensure responsible manufacturing and advertising, communicate comparative risk among various tobacco products, and create a level-playing field for compliant companies to innovate and offer consumers alternatives to smoking that will eventually reduce the toll from death and disease caused by cigarettes,” said Patricia Kovacevic, Nicopure’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, in a press release.
The bill still needs to go to the House and Senate, “a bit of road ahead of us, but we’re on our way”, reassures SFATA that is working behind the scene to ensure a proper regulation of vaping products.
What can now be called the Cole-Bishop amendement is a major step in the rulemaking process. No doubt that it will have positive outcomes for the vaping manufacturing industry.