WASHINGTON — The future of electronic cigarettes and vaping hit another roadblock this past weekend with the scrapping of an amendment to the newly passed Congressional budget that would have sheltered most vaping products on the market today from a rigorous and costly FDA approval process.
The Cole-Bishop Amendment submitted by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) would have allowed electronic cigarettes and related products that were on the market from the predicate date of Feb. 15, 2007, through potentially Aug. 8, 2016, to qualify for a less-stringent approval process from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
That may not be the last word on the matter, however. Hope now hangs on two measures, one being a stand-alone version of the Cole-Bishop Amendment submitted by Cole in mid-April and a more recent bill from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., asking that e-cigarettes be removed from the FDA’s so-called “deeming rule” altogether.
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