FDA Starts The Conversation About E-Cigarettes

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FDA is proposing rules to regulate E-Cigarettes…what do you think?

Seriously, do you have any comments about this topic, because if so, then you have until July 9, 2014, to weigh in. The summary of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule issued on April 25, 2014, (PDF version available)states:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to deem products meeting the statutory definition of “tobacco product,” except accessories of a proposed deemed tobacco product, to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). The Tobacco Control Act provides FDA authority to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and any other tobacco products that the Agency by regulation deems to be subject to the law. Option 1 of the proposed rule would extend the Agency’s “tobacco product” authorities in the FD&C Act to all other categories of products, except accessories of a proposed deemed tobacco product, that meet the statutory definition of “tobacco product” in the FD&C Act. Option 2 of the proposed rule would extend the Agency’s “tobacco product” authorities to all other categories of products, except premium cigars and the accessories of a proposed deemed tobacco product, that meet the statutory definition of “tobacco product” in the FD&C Act. FDA also is proposing to prohibit the sale of “covered tobacco products” to individuals under the age of 18 and to require the display of health warnings on cigarette tobacco, roll-your own tobacco, and covered tobacco product packages and in advertisements. FDA is taking this action to address the public health concerns associated with the use of tobacco products.

This proposal has been in the works for about four years and it is important to remember that this is the first step in what can turn into a lengthy process. You are welcome to visit Federal Register’s website and there you will see an on-line version of the proposed rule that includes a colorful green button (see button to the right) to submit a formal comment. Those familiar with this process suggest that it could take at least another year for the rules to take effect, barring any suits that could be brought to block the new rules.

NBC News asks “What’s So Bad About E-Cigarettes?

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here. As you watch this video it is easy to notice that Dr. Nancy Snyderman is talking about myths regarding e-cigarettes, but she wants her listeners to understand that many more studies need to be conducted in order to determine whether or not the liquid substance comes without any harmful side effects, as well as if the e-cigarettes can assist smokers in quitting their habit. Basically the scientists are still trying to determine what we don’t know!

Let’s continue the conversation

You may remember it was last November when we first published a post about vaping. At that time we suggested that you stay tuned as the conversation about e-cigarettes is going to get involved and sometimes it will get heated. In a short piece by TIME Magazine it was reported that those in the e-cigarettes industry were relieved by the proposals put forth by the FDA. Clarity always makes life a little easier for everyone concerned.

Cottonwood Tucson’s staff works with our clients by offering nicotine cessation groups educate the participants on the physical, emotional, social, and psychological implications of nicotine use. Participants are also helped to examine their own addictive process regarding their use of tobacco, including triggers to the impulse to use. Our medical doctors and therapists help participants also develop a plan to stop smoking.

Again, stay tuned…

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