APR2019 Vapor CTA Page

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The Most important CTA right NOW is: FDA Comment Period. Voice your comments to the FDA.

Reach out to your state or local area Reps asking their support for HR1136 and opposition to S.3319. Unite to fight for our right to VAPE!

Here are some materials you can share on social media and as flyers around town.

VSLLC /VapersArmy Daily Updates

VSLLC conducts daily research for new CTA’s (Calls to Action) to publish and alert the community.

On occasion, one of the esteemed #2019VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Please Help this page—> Such as ON IG, we have received several CTA Alerts from concerned Vapers (#VapeWarriors). We appreciate this and please continue or join in this practice. We will publish your handle when you tag us for the alert. Thank you VapersArmy!

The Vape Community is family…being part of a family means doing your part. Please advocate for Vapor as Harm reduction for you and future vapers.

Latest CTA listings

  • Posted 4/22/19

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/19/19

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

WI – Stop an Outrageous 71% Tax on Vaping! (UPDATED)

  • Posted 4/16/19

Albany County – NY – Stop a Flavor Ban!

FL – Keep Vaping Legal for ALL Adults Who Smoke!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/11/19

OH – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

ME – Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

OR – Stop Outrageous Taxes on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/8/19

LA – Stop Law to Deny Adults Access to Safer Alternatives!

WI – Stop an Outrageous Attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 4/6/19

WA – Stop Extra Taxes on Life-saving Products!

IA – Protect Access to Safer Alternatives to Smoking!

  • Posted 4/4/19

HI – Stop the Attack on Vaping!

VT -Stop and Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

Louisiana – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

CO – Denver – Stop Tobacco and Vaping 21!

  • Posted 3/27/19

NV – Stop a Tax on Vaping!

CA – Los Angeles – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

CO – Stop local governments from treating vaping like smoking!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

ME – Stop a Flavor Ban!

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 3/19/19

ND – HB 1477 is now a Vapor Tax!

MN – Isanti County – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

AR-Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

MN-Robbinsdale-URGENT! Stop Flavor Ban and Adult Access to Vapor Products!

WI-Appleton-Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

  • Posted 3/14/19

Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

MN – Stop Law Prohibiting Businesses From Allowing Vaping

UT – Stop an 86% Tax on Vapor Products!

RI – Stop a 40% Tax on Vapor Products!

IN – Stop a Tax on Vapor Products!

  • Posted 3/8/19

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

CT – Stop the attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 3/5/19

NY – Don’t let Albany BAN FLAVORS or ENACT TAXES on Vaping!

IN – Stop a Tax on Vaping (HB1444)

  • Posted 2/28/19

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

ARKANSAS – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21 Bill!

  • Posted 2/22/19

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

NM – URGENT Call to Action!

AR – Stop a tax on vapor products!

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

AZ – Pima County Call To Action!

  • Posted 2/7/19

WY – Stop a tax on #vaping!

NH – Stop a Vapor Tax!

NH – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WI – Appleton – Stop a #vaping ban!

  • Posted 1/24/19

MT – Stop a tax on vaping!

SC – Protect online access to low-risk nicotine alternatives

IL – Champaign City Council Study Session (01.22.19)

MD – Stop an indoor vaping ban!

NH – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

New York, NY – Stop a total ban on flavors

WA – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

  • Posted 12/12/18

Cincinnati, OH – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

NY – Suffolk County – Stop a Flavor Ban!

Once again, CASAA is pleased to share the annual ECig Intelligence consumer survey with our members. As you may remember from previous years, CASAA works cooperatively with ECI to develop survey questions that aid us in our advocacy efforts and help take the pulse of the vaping community.

Please take 10 – 15 minutes to complete this year’s Ecig Intelligence Consumer Survey!

Click here to take the survey

Your participation in this survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers.

Thank you!

Alex Clark

CEO, CASAA

CT – Hartford – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

CA – Sacramento – Stop a Flavor Ban

Link to download sign—> “Quit with Flavor”. Thank you to @jenbergercoleman of IG for the Campaign start. NotBlowingSmoke.org has provided a link to download the “Quit on Flavor” sign to be used for this social media campaign. Contact @jenbergercoleman on IG with your posting. Please join us and do your part and  raise awareness of vape flavors important role. The posts will be shared with the Senate, Congress, President and FDA.

Vapor 2019 FDA Comment Submission Period

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2019 Vapor – FDA Docket: Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products

To leave a comment for the FDA, please click here. Read up and be informed before submitting your comment. Below are main topics from the official FDA write up. Please use these for a quick reference to guide your response/comment.

Excerpts taken from FDA-2019-D-0661-0001 docket documents. 

This mention attempts to prove a fruity flavor preference by youth, while a mint or menthol flavor apparently, is preferred by adults. Therefore, the FDA would like to modify regulations. Mint and menthol flavors require no authorization, while all other flavors require a PMTA submission to the FDA.

The FDA has opened Docket ID:FDA-2019-D-0661 for comments to be entered on the following:

The FDA is sticking to their youth vape epidemic stance. Responses can include suggestions you may have to address youth availability, such as Gas stations and convenient stores
Responses should include your preference of e liquid flavors plus how limiting flavors would affect you. As written, flavors other than mint or menthol will need PMTA authorization to market.

FDA-2019-D-0661-0001 PDF File for download above.

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March VTA Update | Vapor State in your States

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STATE OF THE STATES!

The VTA is tracking over 260 bills to date this legislative session.
Below are highlights of our successes and our active engagement across the country.
  SUCCESSES: Kentucky:  Any consideration of a tax has been killed for this session in Kentucky.  Further, HB 11, a school ban bill, was amended to include Tobacco 21. The T21 effort was stymied, only to be followed by a bizarre Vape 21-only bill.  That too was stymied but once again T21 resurfaced.  For now, it appears that strong work on the ground by the Kentucky Smoke Free Association and VTA Board Member companies is holadvocacy
A Billion lives Film, e-cig, e-cig holder, electronic cigarette, FDA Deeming Regulations of Vapor Products, Food & Drug Administration, Made in America, Trump Administration, V3.0 VapeSling®, vape, vape advocacy, Vape security, vapesling, vaping, vaping community, VTA, CASAA, AVA, notBlowingSmokeding the effort at bay. 
 
Michigan: An amendment to HB 4164 that would add vapor products to T21 was defeated.  VTA lobbyists actively opposed the bill as two of our vape shop members of the Vapors’ Association for Rights and Standards testified in opposition to the legislation. 

New Mexico:  VTA’s lobbyists worked closely with the New Mexico Smoke Free Alliance to successfully defeat, not one, but two flavor bans pushed by the legislature.   We are now actively engaged in defeating a dangerous vapor tax as the session is quickly winding to a close.

Virginia:  Even though the T21 bill did pass, the Virginia Smoke Free Association and VTA’s lobbyists have successfully held off further consideration of tax legislation this session with the issue being pushed to a study committee.  

West Virginia:  Although SB 348, implementing T21, passed the Senate.  VTA was able to defeat it in the House prior to adjournment.
 
Wyoming: VTA lobbyists prevented anti-vaping legislation from passage with the adjournment of the session on February 28.
ACTIVE LEGISLATION:
Alabama:  Working with the Breathe Easier Alliance of Alabama, we are fighting against some burdensome regulations in HB 1. 

Alaska: Currently there are no bills related to the vapor industry.

Arizona:  We are on the offensive.  VTA’s model legislation, first introduced by the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance, is moving. In addition, together we are fighting T21 as well as a 43% wholesale tax.
 
Arkansas:  VTA’s lobbying team and the Arkansas Vape Advocacy Alliance engaged leaders on the core tax issue for many weeks and, as a result, we were successful in removing another vapor products proposed tax legislation from a major bill designed to fund cancer research.   Unfortunately, the Governor has indicated support for additional taxes and we will continue to oppose those efforts while we oppose T21 which has significant support amongst lawmakers.
 
California: VTA is very actively engaged in proposed flavor ban legislation SB 38 and AB 739 with multiple teams on the ground.  We expect a hearing in the Senate Health Committee before the end of the month with passage highly likely. We are actively working against it while focusing our efforts on the Assembly where there is more opportunity for dialogue on the issue.  Stay tuned for some important developments on the California front. 

Colorado: HB 1033, allows local regulation of nicotine including tax at the local level. The bill has passed both chambers. As passed, the legislation limits the ability of the local unit of government to tax by eliminating the state tobacco tax dollars for those units of local government that choose to enact a local tax. We continue to work with the Governor’s Office on reasonable limitations on local taxation. VTA is proud to be working with the Rocky Mountain Smoke Free Alliance to defend Colorado.

Connecticut: VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association continue to fight against legislation that would ban flavors, raise the purchase age to 21 and implement a burdensome tax on the industry. VTA will be submitting written comments to support the testimony of local business owners at a hearing this week.

Delaware:  SB 25 would implement T21 in the state. VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are aggressively opposing the legislation that passed out of committee this week.

Florida: VTA and the Florida Smoke Free Association continue to fight against SB 1046 which would prohibit the retail sale of flavored nicotine products.  In addition, we are jointly opposing T21 legislation in SB 1618 and HB 1041. 

Georgia:  To date, VTA and the Georgia Smoke Free Association have held all anti-vapor bills at bay.  There is still time left in the session, so we will not let up and will defend to the end. 

Idaho: Currently there are no bills impacting the vaping industry before the legislature.

Illinois: HB 345 and SB 21, implementing T21 for both combustibles and vapor products is moving in both chambers and appears likely to pass.  VTA and the Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois are aggressively working to defeat SB 1124, which would enact a devastating 36% wholesale tax.

Indiana: VTA and the Indiana Smoke-Free Alliance are fighting a 4 cents per milliliter tax and a joint Call to Action was issued.

Iowa: HF 467, increases tobacco tax to over 100% and adds vapor products. VTA and Iowans For Alternatives to Smoking Tobacco are actively engaged in defeating the proposal.

Kansas:  Currently there are no bills impacting the vaping industry before the legislature.

Louisiana: VTA’s lobbying team is opposing HB 38 which would implement T21.

Maine: LD 1028, an 81% wholesale has been referred to the tax committee.  In addition to opposing this legislation, VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are also working on the defeat of LD 90 which would ban all flavored products with the exception of premium cigars.

Maryland: With strong support from the Democratic Caucus and the Black Caucus, T21 is gaining traction in companion bills, SB 895 and HB 1169. VTA and the Maryland Vapor Alliance are working hard to prevent vapor products from being defined as tobacco in the legislation and defeat these anti-vapor initiatives. In addition, the VTA model regulatory bill is scheduled for a hearing this coming week.

Massachusetts: The Governor is pushing a tax on vapor products but a bill has not been filed yet. VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are actively working to get in front of the potential tax proposal.

Minnesota: VTA’s lobbyists and Minnesota vapor leaders are actively opposing T21 legislation.

Montana: VTA’s lobbyist and the Montana Smoke Free Association defeated a flavor ban in HB 312 earlier in the session. However, another flavor ban has been filed in HB 628, and we are actively working to defeat this one as well.

Nebraska:  VTA’s lobbyists are actively opposing T21 legislation filed in LB 149.  VTA is also actively working to ensure efforts to ban flavors or ban certain categories of products are defeated. 

Nevada: VTA and the Nevada Vaping Association are opposing efforts by some legislators to include vapor products in the definition of tobacco products. 

New Hampshire: VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are aggressively fighting HB 680 which would impose a 65% wholesale tax on vapor products as well as define them as tobacco.

New Jersey:  VTA is working closely with the New Jersey Vapor Rights Coalition to vigorously oppose legislation to create 75% wholesale tax and fix the current tax imposed.

New York: VTA’s lobbyists are heavily engaged in Albany working a sophisticated leadership and committee strategy to defeat the flavor bans in both the Assembly and Senate (A47 and S428) as well as T21.  
 
North Carolina:  VTA is working with the North Carolina Vaping Council which, to date, has held all anti-vapor bills at bay.  We will continue to collaborate and fight off negative legislation through the end  of the session in mid-July.
 
Ohio: The Ohio Vapor Trade Association, working with VTA, has prevented the introduction of negative legislation to date. VTA will continue to fight against anti-vaping proposals with OHVTA through the remainder of the session.
 
Oklahoma:
VTA lobbyists are opposing an effort to raise the purchase age to 21.
 
Oregon:
VTA and the Oregon Vapor Trade Association are working to get ahead of a potential proposal to tax vapor products.
 
Pennsylvania:  The VTA is strongly opposing HB 697, a bill to establish T21.
 
Rhode Island: VTA’s lobbyist and the New England Vapor Technology Association are opposing a T21 proposal recently filed.
 
South Carolina: VTA’s model language on shipping vapor products has been added to HB 3420. In addition, the bill prohibits local governments from implementing flavor bans as well as adding additional taxes.
 
South Dakota:  There have not been any anti-vaping bills introduced to date but we are closely watching potential legislative vehicles.
 
Tennessee:
VTA’s state association member, the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, is opposing a pair of T21 bills, HB 1419 and HB 1454, that are expected to be considered in committee next week.  TSFA has been enormously effective at killing anti-vapor bills and is well positioned again this session.
 
Texas: VTA and the Texas Vapor Coalition is opposing SB 1332 and HB 3364 that create a 10-cent tax (5 cent wholesale) (5 cent use) introduced as part of an omnibus tax package.  
 
Utah: VTA and the Utah Smoke Free Association are opposing HB 324 which would implement T21. 
 
Vermont:
 VTA and the New England Vapor Technology Association are fighting an effort to implement a wholesale tax on vapor products in HB 47.  We continue to oppose T21 in the House despite passage in the Senate of SB 86.
 
Washington: VTA and the Pink Lung Brigade successfully held off a 95% wholesale tax proposed in HB 1873 during a packed hearing on the issue. Our opposition included 95 people who signed up to testify against it. Despite this effort, it appears that some sort of tax will be implemented due budget concerns. Together, we will continue to actively engage with lawmakers on the issue to ensure that the industry is not saddled with a burdensome tax.
 
Wisconsin: VTA’s lobbyists are opposing a recommendation by the Governor to tax vapor products at the same rate as tobacco, 71% of manufacturer’s list price.
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MAR2019 Vapor Calls To Action

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All CTA posted by date below

We hope you find this page helpful. Please let us know. We welcome feedback on CTA and/or VapeSling® products. Reach us anytime on the contact page or custinput@vapesling.com, or vapersarmy@vapesling.com.

The Most important CTA right NOW is: FDA Comment Period. Voice your comments to the FDA.

Reach out to your state or local area Reps asking their support for HR1136 and opposition to S.3319. Unite to fight for our right to VAPE!

Here are some materials you can share on social media and as flyers around town.

VSLLC /VapersArmy Daily Updates

VSLLC conducts daily research for new CTA’s (Calls to Action) to publish and alert the community.

On occasion, one of the esteemed #2019VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Please Help this page—> Such as ON IG, we have received several CTA Alerts from concerned Vapers (#VapeWarriors). We appreciate this and please continue or join in this practice. We will publish your handle when you tag us for the alert. Thank you VapersArmy!

The Vape Community is family…being part of a family means doing your part. Please advocate for Vapor as Harm reduction for you and future vapers.

Latest CTA listings

  • Posted 3/27/19

NV – Stop a Tax on Vaping!

CA – Los Angeles – Stop a Flavor Ban!

CA – Stop an All-Out Flavor Ban!

CO – Stop local governments from treating vaping like smoking!

FL – Stop Tobacco/Vapor 21 AND Signature Requirement Law!

ME – Stop a Flavor Ban!

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 3/19/19

ND – HB 1477 is now a Vapor Tax!

MN – Isanti County – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

AR-Stop an Outrageous Tax on Vaping!

MN-Robbinsdale-URGENT! Stop Flavor Ban and Adult Access to Vapor Products!

WI-Appleton-Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

  • Posted 3/14/19

Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

MN – Stop Law Prohibiting Businesses From Allowing Vaping

UT – Stop an 86% Tax on Vapor Products!

RI – Stop a 40% Tax on Vapor Products!

IN – Stop a Tax on Vapor Products!

  • Posted 3/8/19

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

CT – Stop the attack on Vaping!

  • Posted 3/5/19

NY – Don’t let Albany BAN FLAVORS or ENACT TAXES on Vaping!

IN – Stop a Tax on Vaping (HB1444)

  • Posted 2/28/19

DELAWARE – Stop Attack on Vaping!

ARKANSAS – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21 Bill!

  • Posted 2/22/19

WA – Stop a 95% tax on vapor products!

NM – URGENT Call to Action!

AR – Stop a tax on vapor products!

SD – Stop a 35% tax on vapor products!

AZ – Pima County Call To Action!

  • Posted 2/7/19

WY – Stop a tax on #vaping!

NH – Stop a Vapor Tax!

NH – Stop Tobacco AND Vaping 21!

CO – Stop a #Vaping Ban!

WI – Appleton – Stop a #vaping ban!

  • Posted 1/24/19

MT – Stop a tax on vaping!

SC – Protect online access to low-risk nicotine alternatives

IL – Champaign City Council Study Session (01.22.19)

MD – Stop an indoor vaping ban!

NH – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

New York, NY – Stop a total ban on flavors

WA – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

  • Posted 12/12/18

Cincinnati, OH – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21!

NY – Suffolk County – Stop a Flavor Ban!

Once again, CASAA is pleased to share the annual ECig Intelligence consumer survey with our members. As you may remember from previous years, CASAA works cooperatively with ECI to develop survey questions that aid us in our advocacy efforts and help take the pulse of the vaping community.

Please take 10 – 15 minutes to complete this year’s Ecig Intelligence Consumer Survey!

Click here to take the survey

Your participation in this survey will help inform regulators, advocates, and commentators as we all work to build policies that benefit consumers.

Thank you!

Alex Clark

CEO, CASAA

CT – Hartford – Stop Tobacco AND Vapor 21

CA – Sacramento – Stop a Flavor Ban

Link to download sign—> “Quit with Flavor”. Thank you to @jenbergercoleman of IG for the Campaign start. NotBlowingSmoke.org has provided a link to download the “Quit on Flavor” sign to be used for this social media campaign. Contact @jenbergercoleman on IG with your posting. Please join us and do your part and  raise awareness of vape flavors important role. The posts will be shared with the Senate, Congress, President and FDA.

Altria (Big T) moves to Ban Vapor Flavors

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STATEMENT ON ALTRIA PRESENTATION TO CAGNY
Last week, Howard Willard, Chairman & CEO of Altria Group, Inc., presented to the Consumer Analysts Group of New York (CAGNY). During the presentation, Mr. Willard succinctly described Altria’s planned actions to address the increase in youth experimentation with electronic cigarettes, including:
  “Encourage FDA to take industry-wide action by banning retail and vape store sales of all non-traditional flavors until the youth issue is otherwise addressed, such as by the use of advanced age verification technology or pre-market authorization.”
Altria’s position that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) should ban the sale of all non-traditional flavors at retail and vape shops marginalizes harm reduction and does a disservice to adult smokers seeking lower risk alternatives to cigarettes for several reasons. In particular, (1) scientists have concluded that flavors assist smokers in quitting smoking cigarettes; and (2) current scientific literature demonstrates that flavors play little role in attracting teens to use vapor products. Altria’s view fails to adequately assess the net public health benefits of flavored vapor products and ultimately serves only to harm adult smokers while doing little to solve the concerns around youth usage. 

For these reasons, the Vapor Technology Association (“VTA”) disagrees strongly with the Altria’s planned course of action.

VTA’s Position – Flavors are Essential for Smokers Seeking to Quit Combustible Cigarettes

For the past three years, VTA’s position on vape shops and flavors has been clear and consistent:  Flavor Bans and/or Restrictions are Unwarranted:
Banning or restricting the sale of flavors is the wrong approach. Until science demonstrates otherwise, neither FDA nor any other governmental entity should act to ban or limit the availability and accessibility of flavors on the market to the detriment of adult smokers seeking to quit combustible cigarettes. 
 Appeal of Flavors is Subjective: 
The appeal of particular flavors is subjective and not the reason most youth choose to initiate electronic cigarettes.  Sound science does not support a plan that tries to categorize flavors as offerings which “should” or “should not” be sold.
 Focus Should Be on Prohibiting Inappropriate Marketing of Flavors:
Prohibiting inappropriate marketing should be the focus of efforts to address the increase in youth experimentation with electronic cigarettes.  VTA has introduced legislation in several states to affirmatively impose reasonable marketing restrictions.
 VTA Marketing Standards:
VTA has repeatedly encouraged industry to adopt the VTA Marketing Standards for Membership which would serve to limit both access to and appeal of vapor products to youth.
 Flavors are Critical to Smoking Cessation: 
Adult smokers looking to vapor products as an off-ramp from combustible cigarettes deserve access to a wide variety of flavored products to allow for individualized choice in finding the product that works best for them. VTA presented a clear and unequivocal scientific case to FDA showing that flavors help adult smokers quit. 
 Flavor Bans Directly Threaten Vape Shops:
A decision to ban flavors from brick-and-mortar vape shops, even temporarily, will eliminate over 10,000 small businesses and un-employ tens of thousands of Americans that work for them.  
VTA’s Board of Directors follows the aforementioned principles, and VTA intends to continue to fight for flavors at all levels of government.  Our membership has too much invested in the vape shop and retail store channels to equivocate on these issues and we will challenge any efforts to ban flavors at vape shops and retail stores.

VTA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 16 companies that manufacture, supply, distribute and sell a variety of open and closed system products, including thousands of flavors.  Our policies have always and will remain true to defending all segments of the industry.


– VTA Board of Directors

FDA threats Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes

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Unelected Bureaucrats Consider Banning Adults from Buying Flavored E-Cigarettes

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FDA threats Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strongly considering banning all flavored e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes, such as Juul, have become a popular alternative to smoking. The smoking alternative came under FDA control in 2016, when the administration placed an age requirement of 18-years-old on the product.

Now, the FDA wants to crack down on flavored products. FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, an appointee of President Donald Trump, stated, “We see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion.”

The unelected officials at the FDA are now requiring private businesses, like Juul, to provide a detailed plan for how they will attempt to limit access of their product to those under 18.

Juul detailed their extensive plan on their website. Their plans include investing $30 million in educational materials for young people, ID match and age verification technology for online sales, age exclusive social media marketing, and support for legislation restricting access to those under 18.

Juul e-cigarette starter pack is seen in this picture illustration taken July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Martinne Geller/Illustration

Despite this extensive plan, some of the unelected bureaucrats at the FDA would still like to ban flavored e-cigarette products.

While the health risks for e-cigarette smoking are still being conducted, there are decades worth of studies on traditional cigarettes highlighting the horrible side effects of smoking.

One Harvard study found that e-cigarettes, while not good for you, are much less toxic than traditional cigarettes. Another study found that e-cigarettes are “no more or no less” effective than nicotine patches when used to help stop smoking.

A Juul spokesperson, Victoria Davis, argued in a statement to Reuters that “appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch.”

Although Gottlieb conceded that e-cigarettes may help adults stop smoking, it seems as though he won’t be swayed by Juul’s work to prevent kids from accessing the product.

U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb attends an interview at Reuters headquarters in New York City, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

“While we remain committed to advancing policies that promote the potential of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers move away from combustible cigarettes, that work can’t come at the expense of kids,” said Gottlieb.

Instead of cracking down on enforcement to ensure that teens aren’t getting the product, it seems as though the FDA is leaning toward banning the product for everyone.

Despite the fact that not one person casted a vote for Gottlieb, his board at the FDA has the future of flavored e-cigarettes in their hands.

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FDA Takes Historic Action against 5 E-cig Manufacturers

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FDA Takes Historic Action against 5 E-cig Manufacturers

Note: This post can also be found at the FDA official site link–> FDA Article

FDA takes new steps to address epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, including a historic action against more than 1,300 retailers and 5 major manufacturers for their roles perpetuating youth access

Warning letters and civil money penalty complaints to retailers are largest coordinated enforcement effort in agency history; FDA requests manufacturers provide plan for mitigating youth sales within 60 days; warns it may restrict flavored e-cigarettes to address youth epidemic

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2018

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. In the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history, the agency issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints (fines) to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer. As a result of these violations of the law – and other indications that e-cigarette use among youth has hit epidemic proportions – FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., signaled that the agency intends to take new and significant steps to address this challenge in a speech at the agency’s headquarters.

“We’re committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced last year. But at the same time, we see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion, and we must adjust certain aspects of our comprehensive strategy to stem this clear and present danger. This starts with the actions we’re taking today to crack down on retail sales of e-cigarettes to minors. We will also revisit our compliance policy that extended the dates for manufacturers of certain flavored e-cigarettes to submit applications for premarket authorization. I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products. While we remain committed to advancing policies that promote the potential of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers move away from combustible cigarettes, that work can’t come at the expense of kids. We cannot allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine. In the coming weeks, we’ll take additional action under our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to immediately address the youth access to, and the appeal of, these products,” said FDA Commissioner Gottlieb. “Today, we asked five e-cigarette manufacturers to put forward plans to immediately and substantially reverse these trends, or face a potential decision by the FDA to reconsider extending the compliance dates for submission of premarket applications. Our comprehensive plan on nicotine and tobacco regulation remains intact and we remain committed to its goals to reduce tobacco-related disease and death, including our efforts to reduce the nicotine in combustible products to render cigarettes minimally or non-addictive. We’re also fully committed to the concept that products that deliver nicotine exist on a continuum of risk, with combustible products representing the highest risk, and electronic nicotine delivery systems perhaps presenting an alternative for adult smokers who still seek access to satisfying levels of nicotine, but without all of the harmful effects that come from combustion. But in enabling a path for e-cigarettes to offer a potentially lower risk alternative for adult smokers, we won’t allow the current trends in youth access and use to continue, even if it means putting limits in place that reduce adult uptake of these products.”

FDA undertakes aggressive enforcement strategy targeting illegal sales to youth and kid-friendly marketing

As part of the agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and ongoing work to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco products, the FDA has taken a series of actions over the past several months to more immediately target the illegal sales of e-cigarettes to youth, as well as the kid-friendly marketing and appeal of these products.

The FDA is stepping up those efforts indefinitely.

One aspect of the agency’s plan will entail increased enforcement. The more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers announced today were part of a large-scale, undercover nationwide blitz to crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors at both brick-and-mortar and online retailers, which was conducted from June through the end of August. The vast majority of the violations were for the illegal sale of five e-cigarette products – Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL, and Logic. These five brands currently comprise over 97 percent of the U.S. market for e-cigarettes.

In addition, today the FDA also issued 12 warning letters to other online retailers that are selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies. These products were the subject of agency action in May and, subsequently, are no longer being sold with the offending labeling and advertising by the companies that received the May warning letters. However, the retailers receiving the warning letters today are still advertising and selling the violative products. Several of these retailers were also cited for illegally selling the products to minors. The agency will continue to monitor and take action against companies that sell tobacco products that might mislead a young child into thinking the product is appropriate for them to consume as food. The FDA has more compliance actions underway.

In addition to these new actions, the FDA had previously issued more than 60 warning letters and fines to businesses that sold JUUL brand products to minors stemming from another enforcement blitz this past spring. The agency also recently sent letters to JUUL Labs and several other companies requiring them to submit important documents to better understand the reportedly high rates of youth use and the particular youth appeal of their products. The FDA is currently investigating whether manufacturers introduced certain e-cigarette products to the market after Aug. 8, 2016, and may be subject to enforcement for marketing those products without premarket authorization.

The FDA also continues to conduct checks of retail establishments that sell tobacco products to ensure compliance with federal laws. In total, the FDA has conducted 978,290 retail inspections, issued 77,180 warning letters to retailers for violating the law and initiated approximately 18,560 civil money penalty cases, as of Sept. 1, 2018. There is a clear need for strong federal enforcement of youth access restrictions and the FDA will continue to hold retailers accountable by vigorously enforcing the law with the help of the agency’s state partners.

The agency also has issued more than 135 No-Tobacco-Sale Order Complaints, which can result in retailers being prohibited from selling tobacco products for specified periods of time.

FDA warns youth use of e-cigarettes is reaching epidemic proportions, signals new, aggressive steps to address challenge, including re-examining FDA’s compliance policy regarding flavored e-cigarettes

Over the past several years, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by youth. In fact, more than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017.

This use by children and teens is especially concerning to the FDA because the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction. That’s why combating youth use of nicotine-containing products is a core priority and the guiding principle behind the FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan.

The FDA now believes that youth use of e-cigarettes is reaching epidemic proportions. This belief is based on not just the results of the agency’s enforcement actions, but also recent sales trends, news coverage, increased concerns among kids, parents and educators, as well as preliminary data that will be finalized and released in the coming months.

To address these trends, and as another part of the agency’s effort, the FDA is re-examining its compliance policy dates for the submission of premarket tobacco applications to the FDA for certain e-cigarettes. Toward these goals, and recognizing the critical role manufacturers must play in curtailing youth use of their products, the FDA today issued letters to the manufacturers of the five top-selling national brands. All of these brands – JUUL, Vuse, MarkTen XL, blu e-cigs, and Logic – made up a vast majority of the products illegally sold to minors as part of the blitz this summer. The agency is asking each company to submit to FDA within 60 days plans describing how they will address the widespread youth access and use of their products. If they fail to do so, or if the plans do not appropriately address this issue, the FDA will consider whether it would be appropriate to revisit the current policy that results in these products remaining on the market without a marketing order from the agency. This could mean requiring these brands to remove some or all of their flavored products that may be contributing to the rise in youth use from the market until they receive premarket authorization and otherwise meet all of their obligations under the law.

Today, the agency has also committed to taking even stronger measures to stem these troubling trends of youth use:

  • Looking at, and potentially changing, the FDA’s current compliance policy to determine whether it can better account for manufacturers that are not successfully preventing widespread youth use of their products. This means re-examining all aspects of the enforcement discretion that the FDA exercised when it extended the compliance dates for premarket authorization for certain newly deemed tobacco products. This could also mean revising the overall policy that applies to all manufacturers, which would go beyond the requests that were sent with respect to certain individual products today, and address the entire category of cartridge based e-cigarettes.
  • Indefinitely stepping up FDA enforcement actions with a sustained campaign to monitor, penalize and prevent e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and other retail sites.
  • Closely evaluating manufacturers’ own internet storefronts and distribution practices and taking appropriate enforcement actions if we find violations of the restrictions on sales to minors. The FDA has at its disposal both civil and criminal remedies to address demonstrated violations of the law.
  • Investigating whether manufacturers of certain e-cigarette products may be marketing new products that were not on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016, thus falling outside of the FDA’s compliance policy, and have not gone through premarket review.

The FDA will also be developing an overall policy roadmap, designed to both address these trends and remain true to the goals of the comprehensive plan on nicotine and tobacco regulation announced in July 2017, which aims to render cigarettes minimally or non-addictive and encourage the development of innovative tobacco products that could help currently addicted adult smokers switch to potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery. This also includes new steps that the FDA will announce in the coming weeks to promote wider access to nicotine replacement therapy marketed as new drugs as a way to help more adult smokers quit cigarettes.

As part of the FDA’s comprehensive plan, the agency also continues to explore clear and meaningful measures to make tobacco products less toxic, appealing and addictive with an intense focus on youth. This could include measures on flavors/designs that appeal to youth, child-resistant packaging and product labeling to prevent accidental child exposure to liquid nicotine. The FDA also issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in March to seek public comment on the role that flavors in tobacco products play in attracting youth. Additionally, the agency plans to explore additional restrictions on the sale and promotion of ENDS to further reduce youth exposure and access to these products.

The FDA has also expanded “The Real Cost” public education campaign with messages focused on preventing youth use of e-cigarettes. The FDA will launch a new, full-scale e-cigarette campaign targeted to youth next week.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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