WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is closing its comment period for proposed rulemaking on the status of e-cigarettes. The FDA is considering incorrectly classifying e-cigarettes – non-combustible, non-tobacco devices that use a battery to heat a liquid nicotine solution and create an inhalable vapor – as cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are a hot topic – the FDA has received some 72,000 comments, The Hill reports.
Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, offered the following comment:
“The FDA’s proposed regulation would decimate the small businesses that make up America’s independent e-cigarette industry and remove a powerful tool smokers are using to kick the habit. Congress never intended for the regulations it crafted for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to apply to innovative tobacco-free products. The FDA has the authority to propose alternate regulation for e-cigarettes that wouldn’t ban 99% of the products. They should do so for the betterment of public health.”
About the American Vaping Association
The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and sensible regulation of vapor products, otherwise known as electronic cigarettes, with the goal of maximizing the number of adult smokers who use these products to quit smoking. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.
We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor. The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular businesses, including our industry sponsors.