On Thursday, April 24, 2014, the FDA proposed its first round of regulations on electronic cigarettes. As predicted by Dr. Margaret Hamburg from the FDA those restrictions did not go over well with the vaping community. A petition to the White House was started a few hours after the restrictions were formally announced by the FDA. The petition is asking the Obama Administration to veto the FDA Regulations.
The petition states that the FDA has unfairly classified e-cigarettes as tobacco products and will severely restrict their use. As part of the FDA regulations, manufacturers are required to fill out applications for products that they plan to market. One of the biggest concerns is, multiple applications will need to be filed for each e-juice vendor. The process is an extensive one and will cost manufacturers of e-juices a lot of money.
For some e-juice manufacturers these regulations could mean that they will have to close their doors. Manufacturers range from small one man operations working out of their homes to larger operations working out of warehouses. Each manufacturer typically provides a large e-juice selection available in various nicotine strengths. The FDA regulations would require for these manufacturers to submit applications for their e-juices within the allotted time period or be forced to take their products off the market.
Not only will applications need to be submitted for e-juice that is manufactured but also for e-cigarette devices and accessories that are sold to users. This would include: Mechanical Mods, Variable Voltage batteries, tanks, and other vaping devices and accessories that are needed to vape e-cigarettes. Again, this is an extensive and costly process that most of the vaping community feels is an unfair regulation.
Another point the petition to the White House makes is the fact that e-cigarettes are classified unfairly as tobacco products. There is no tobacco that is used in e-cigarette devices so they therefore should not be classified as tobacco products. Instead, many feel they should be classified as smoking cessation products, because they act as a nicotine delivery system the same as popular products such as Nicorette and Nicoderm.
One final point that is being made in the petition is in regards to the flavors of e-juice that the FDA and other opponents of e-cigarettes are worried about. They say candy flavors such as bubblegum and thin mint are being marketed to children; however, as the petition states, companies such as Smirnoff Vodka are allowed to create these same types of flavors in their alcohol products.
The petition started by a "vaper" with the initials M.B. in Perry, GA has already received more than 1,500 signatures in less than an hour and is currently going viral on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Also, popular vaping websites such as Voice of Vapers are urging their readers to sign the petition. If the vaping community is able to come together to get 100,000 signatures on the petition, it will be interesting to see how the issue is handled by the Obama Administration.
Anyone wishing to view the petition can do so on the White House website: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/veto-fda-restrictions-e-cigarettes/kdKtpFH4