Today, on Monday the 2nd of October, a “cut the red tape” event is being held at the White House, which highlights this administration’s efforts to lift a number of burdensome regulations that are having a negative effect on several sectors such as the economy and public health in the United States.
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Amongst the regulations revisited are the heavy regulations that have been imposed on electronic cigarettes by the FDA last year. In response to this, the VTA issued a statement commending the authorities concerned for delaying the implementation of existing regulations.
Additionally the VTA’s executive director Tony Abboud is urging the FDA to take further action, and dismiss the unreasonable regulations that are threatening to disseminate the vaping industry and have a detrimental effect on public health.
The VTA addresses the Trump Administration
“VTA thanks the Trump Administration and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for the significant steps they have taken to address the promise of e-cigarettes and vapor products by delaying the one enforcement deadline that would have eliminated virtually all of these products from the market.
This decision, and the broader policy outlined by Commissioner Gottlieb on July 28, 2017, recognizes the harm reduction and life-saving potential of vapor products for the first time in the United States.
However, now the FDA must move quickly to eliminate those parts of the prior administration’s one-size-fits-all regulation of e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and replace them with a rational regulatory scheme which acknowledges the fact that these rapidly evolving and innovative technologies, if given the chance, will make the combustible cigarette obsolete.
Everyone is aware that consumer technology companies develop new and safer products in cycles of months. However, the prior administration’s regulation has limited the U.S. market to carrying products that are now at least two years old and will prevent anything new from coming to market for the next 5-6 years. What this means is that adult smokers in the U.S. will be forced to rely on antiquated products and, more importantly, will be deprived of the rapidly developing innovations that are making vapor products more effective and safer.
Reshaping the regulations governing e-cigarettes and vapor technology products will not only save thousands of small businesses and tens of thousands of jobs, it will save lives by ensuring that these game-changing technology products can be brought to market for the millions of adult smokers who are desperately trying to quit.
VTA and its members are developing strict industry standards and responsible regulations that protect children from vapor while ensuring the safety and integrity of vaping products used by adult consumers. On behalf of the thousands of large and small business owners who represent the vapor industry in the United States today, VTA looks forward to continuing to work with HHS and the FDA to establish the appropriate standards that will ensure that safe, innovative, and well-manufactured vapor products remain on the market.”
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