Several anti-smoking advocates have pushed back against the FDA stance on e-cigs.
“At the same time that England and France are making great strides in distributing truthful information about vaping to the public, the FDA is ramping up the rhetoric and relying on easily debunked junk science,” said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association.
Conley claims that Mitch Zeller, a former pharmaceutical lobbyist who runs the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, wants to destroy the vapor products industry.
Advocates have said some pharmaceutical companies have pushed the FDA to tighten e-cig and vaporizer regulations because they don’t want competition for their nicotine-cessation products, which have a mixed track record for results.
“(Zeller) recognizes that unless you decimate nicotine-free e-liquids and open vapor system devices, there is no possible way for the agency to truly kill the industry,” Conley said.