JAN2018 Vapor Calls To Action

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JAN2018 Vapor Calls To Action

Happy Holidays to all VapeSlingers and Vape community! Our last CTA page for the year 2017. We hope you have found 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 vital 2017 Vapor Call to Action for your state or local area is asking for HR1136 support. Unite to fight for our right to VAPE! Write, call or both to your lawmakers :

congress.gov/members: Contact your state representatives in Congress

House Reps by State:  Contact your state representatives in the Senate

HR1136 in PDF

VapeWarriors and Vape Shop Owners: Download your Stop The Vape Ban Posters here

VSLLC /VapersArmy updates this page daily.

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VSLLC conducts daily research for new CTA’s (Calls to Action) every morning.

On occasion, one of the esteemed #2017VapeFight .org’s may publish a CTA later in the day. It may pass us till the next day. Help this page—> ON IG, we have received several CTA Alerts in the past 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!

 Although, most of these CTA do not pertain to VapeSling® products directly, they do affect our #VapeCommunity success. 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.

Posted 02.02.18 IN – Lafayette – Stop an indoor vaping ban!

Posted 1.30.18 Thank you for the Alert @beerdog123 on IG WA – Stop vaping taxes!

Posted 1.22.18 UT – Stop an outrageous tax on vaping!

Posted 1/19/18 AK – Keep Vaping OUT of Smoking Laws! (SB 63)

Posted 1.12.18 VapeWarriors and Vape Shop Owners: Download your Stop The Vape Ban Posters here

Posted 1/4/18

IQOS: Tobacco seeks to simulate the winning vape industry with it’s own alternative. Although better than traditional cigs, it’s still smoking whatever BIG Tobacco wants you to inhale. Vape e-liquid contains no deadly tar. Tobacco does. Plus, the trust of what you are inhaling is on Big Tobacco’s hands to do their worst. Such as the 900+ chemicals included with the tobacco in cigarettes. Now in a vaping device such as used for MMJ, BIG Tobacco can attempt to create the illusion of a healthier alternative. We can only hope this format of IQOS does not fool some into continuing the deadly tobacco habit. In worse case, reverting vapers back to Big Tobacco dollars. Truly a genius move by RJ Reynolds and all in Big Tobacco. VapeWarriors are a smarter bunch, yet need to heed the warning to family and friends. IQOS is still smoking BIG TOBACCO unknown fillers not VAPING a clean e-liquid.

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Posted 12/21/17

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From CASAA

Take Action – Send a Message

Today, Congress will consider a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the US government through January 19, 2018. Although this CR will not contain changes to the appropriations language that addresses vapor products regulation, it is an important opportunity to send a message to Congress that we are still here and that predicate date change language must be included in the 2018 budget.

Sending this message to Congress is even more important now in the wake of rogue efforts by some in the industry who don’t understand the need to modernize the 2007 predicate date. Their fundamental misunderstanding of the Cole-Bishop language in the appropriations bill (Sec. 753) is creating confusion among our supporters and eroding relationships that have taken years to build.

Help us show Congress that we are unified in our support for changing the predicate date to August 8th, 2016 and that we are in favor of reasonable regulation that preserves consumer choice.

Take Action – Send a Message

Thank you & Happy Holidays!

CASAA Legislative Team

Posted 12/19/17

From CASAA president, Alex Clark:

In 2013, when I made the switch from smoking to vaping, I took the first $80 I didn’t spend on a carton of cigarettes and made a donation to CASAA. Today, I’ve donated a similar amount through #VapesGiving that I’ve saved by not smoking this week.

Even though #VapesGiving is focused on encouraging industry stakeholders to step up to the plate (i.e., “Manufacturer & Distributor Challenge”), anyone can contribute. As an added incentive, Naked 100 is matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $190,000.

That means your contribution will be DOUBLED!

$5 = $10  |  $25 = $50  |  $50 = $100!

Every little bit makes a huge difference for CASAA, AVA, and the more than 20 state association participating in the VapesGiving event. If everyone who receives this email contributes just $2 through #VapesGiving, we can raise more than a quarter-million dollars for advocacy efforts across the country!

Please join me by contributing even the one or two dollars you saved today by not smoking.

Click Here to Donate

Posted 12.13.17

Staples, MN – Stop an Indoor Vaping Ban!

Posted 12.11.17

 

UNITED FRONT

Today, leaders of the vapor community came together to present a unified front on the next steps for moving our agenda forward in Washington, D.C.  The Unity Letter, signed by the leaders of the American Vaping Association, the Consumers for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association and the Vapor Technology Association asks every member of the vapor industry and broader community to get ready to act!

“December 11, 2017

Dear Members of the Vapor Community:

We write you today as a united front because the vapor industry is under attack and the future remains uncertain. We are all focused on the critical mission of making sure that Americans will continue to have access to the full range of vapor products that millions are using to quit smoking and improve our lives. We need your help to achieve this mission. 

We all agree that there are short term and long term policy changes that must be made to ensure a robust vapor product industry in this country, but we are focused today on a near term step – Changing the “Predicate Date” in Congress – which will allow all products on the market before 8/8/2016 to stay on the market and remain available to consumers. 

The US House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill which contains language that would modernize the 2007 predicate date for products newly deemed to be tobacco. But the Senate has not included similar language in its version of the bill. These two conflicting pieces of legislation will be negotiated in Congress in the near future, and we are going to need EVERYONE to weigh in!

In the coming days and weeks, we will be reaching out to our respective members with additional opportunities and guidance on how you can engage with your two Senators and your Representative and urge them to modernize the predicate date for vapor products. We hope that when we call on you, you will take a few minutes to ACT to save the vapor industry.

Thank you!”

DOWNLOAD THE UNITY LETTER HERE!

Posted 11.23.17

Your voice matters. Even if you have already reached out to your Members of Congress to Stop the Vape Ban, today is a perfect day to reinforce your previous message!

An email to your members of Congress is great – but a social media post may be even better! Elected officials pay attention to their constituents’ social media posts and comments. ACT NOW by tweeting your legislators!

We have made it easy for you to contact your Members of Congress via our website. Let them know you want to stop the virtual vape ban. The FDA deadline delays don’t stop – but merely delay many vape products potentially being pulled from the shelves.

Visit the Stop The Vape Ban site now and let your Members of Congress know TODAY how important this issue is to you by tweeting them or sending an e-mail!

Click to Email Click to EmailThank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Stop the Vape Ban Team

 

Posted 11.10.17

IL – Elk Grove Village – Stop Tobacco 21!

Posted 11.3.17

VapeWarriors,

The annual ECigIntelligence Vapers Survey is now open. If you can carve out 10 minutes to participate, your input will be appreciated.

CASAA and ECigIntelligence worked together to provide a survey that will aid in both out policy efforts as well as gaining a better understanding of the vaping market.

You can access the survey here

or

by copying and pasting this link into your browser’s address bar

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VapeSurveyECI17

Thank you for your fighting efforts!

Posted 10.2.17

 

 

Posted 9.25.17

Robbinsdale, MN – Take Action to oppose a Tobacco (and #vapor) 21 law!

Posted 9.21.17

This summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new plan for vape regulations that extended some compliance deadlines.

However, not all deadlines were extended! There is a big FDA deadline nine (9) days from now (September 30th) for all e-liquid and device manufacturers to register their establishments and provide a complete listing of products. Failure to comply with this registration and product listing could result in unregistered products being pulled from the shelves. For more information, follow this link to FDA Deadline Info.

And as these deadlines approach, we still need to let Congress know that we support a common sense solution in H.R. 1136, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017.

Even if you have already reached out to your Members of Congress regarding this issue, this would be a great time to reinforce your previous message! Visit the Stop The Vape Ban site now and let your Members of Congress know TODAY how important this issue is to you by sending an email, making a phone call and tweeting.  We’ve made it easy for you to act.

Click to CallClick to EmailClick to EmailThank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Stop the Vape Ban Team

Posted – 09.12.17

Detroit Lakes, MN – Local Alert! Take action to stop Tobacco and Vapor 21

Posted – 09.10.17

CT – Gov. Malloy’s Budget “Compromise” Contains an Outrageous Vapor Tax!

Posted – 08.28.17

PA – Stop a tax hike on vaping!

HR 1136 gains early co-sponsors. Take a moment to say THANK YOU!

Posted – 08.11.17

 

Posted – 08.5.17

Detroit Lakes, MN – Local Alert! Take action to stop Tobacco and Vapor 21

Posted – 07.13.17

PA – Take action to fix the vapor tax!

Posted – 07.08.17

DE – Help stop new taxes on vaping and higher taxes on smokeless tobacco!

Posted – 07.07.17 Alerted by @afcarmona

FDA – Comment NOW on proposed–unrealistic–standard for smokeless tobacco

Posted – 07.05.17

Opportunities to Take Action!

Posted 5/26/17

Delay the FDA – Comment on the Citizen Petition today!

A Citizen Petition has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that the agency issue “final guidance or regulations describing the recommended or required contents of premarket submissions…” In addition to requesting this final guidance, petitioners (NJOY et. al.) are requesting that the compliance period be extended by 24 months from the time the guidance is published. …

Delay the FDA – Comment on the Citizen Petition today!

Posted 4/16/17

Posted 4/12/17

Fire The U.S. Surgeon General. Unacceptable Anti-Vapor Propaganda Video

Urge your representative to co-sponsor HR 1136! Click Here

NEW congressional BILL: H.R.1136 – To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for a certain effective date with respect to deemed tobacco products, to provide for the establishment of product standards for vapor product batteries, to provide for regulation of vapor products, and for other purposes.

Write or call to Ask your state lawmakers to support this bill

Cole/Bishop bill in it’s entirety

 

Older but current posts

Answer Ron Johnson

Seal-of-Wisconsin

  (Please note: if you live outside of Wisconsin, please follow the directions below to print and send your letter.) Senator Ron Johnson (WI) is taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task over the impact of the “deeming rule” on small to medium vapor businesses across the country. Sen. Johnson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental …

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About CASAA

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization with an all-volunteer board and a grassroots membership of more than two hundred thousand individuals from all walks of life, and we are growing daily. We are a consumer organization, not a trade association. We are dedicated to ensuring the availability of reduced harm alternatives to smoking and to providing smokers and non-smokers alike with honest information about those alternatives so that they can make informed choices.

The timeline includes links to articles, patents, court decisions, and many other resources to give a comprehensive history of this revolutionary alternative to combustible tobacco.

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Vapor News and Views – New FDA Head

Vapor News and Views – New FDA Head

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Scott Gottlieb

March 13, 2017

Vapor News and Views
News and views on vapor tax and regulatory issues from across the United States. The best way to stay up to date with what’s happening in Washington and in your state capitol.

President Trump has nominated Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency mired in red tape and bureaucracy. You may recall, Gottlieb was first on my list of options under consideration and there are plenty of reasons to believe this is a good thing for the vapor industry and its consumers. More below!
Paul Blair
Strategic Initiatives Director
Americans for Tax Reform

Who is Dr. Scott Gottlieb and is he on our team?

Nearly all of what you’ll read about Gottlieb relates to his belief that the approval of medicines and medical devices must be sped up. While many of you reading this may have an interest in those topics, I’m going to avoid commentary on the subject (other than to say it’s great) and focus on two issues of relevance to this newsletter.

First, read this 2013 Forbes piece written by Gottlieb, “FDA’s New Tobacco Scheme, and Its Legislative Underpinnings, May Go Up in Smoke.” In the piece, he outlines the two dominant forces at play in the aftermath of the Tobacco Control Act, which brought tobacco products under regulatory control of the FDA. Those two forces were the anti-tobacco crowd (activists) and current and future manufacturers of reduced risk products, like vapor products. In 2013, he concluded that “only one party can win.”

To date, the activists have won. Absent immediate changes, the FDA will oversee the prohibition of vapor products in less than two years. But, if confirmed, Gottlieb can put a stop to that. The question becomes, will he? I’ve got good reasons to believe there’s going to be a culture shift at the agency in a way that’s more helpful than the status quo.

Second, a bit more on his background. Gottlieb served as Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs at the FDA under President George W. Bush, is a clinical professor at NYU’s School of Medicine and a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates, and is currently a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

As I often point out, they’re as big a fans of the concept of harm reduction over at AEI as we are at ATR. A few pieces of commentary from AEI’s Sally Satel:

“What the US Should Learn from the UK’s Wisdom on E-Cigarettes;”
“Congress, Save E-Cigarettes from the FDA;”
“How Vapers Can Help Smokers Quit;”
Where does this leave us? This nomination continues a significant opportunity for advancing a stated goal of the Trump administration: Big League regulatory reform. Gottlieb is a cancer survivor. He isn’t some out-of-touch public health bureaucrat with little to no understanding of the real impact that bureaucracy can have on saving (or destroying) lives. I remain optimistic that this good, very good for the goals of the vapor industry and its millions of consumers who are living healthier lives as a result of market innovations.

New Cole-Bishop Stand Alone Bill Dropped: Broad Coalition Support
Mid last month, House Resolution 1136 was filed by Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.). The “FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017” accomplishes the same goals as the more well-known “Cole-Bishop Amendment,” the amendment to the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which is still under consideration (see: alive) for the FY17 budget debate. (Reminder: the ultimate goal is a modernization of the February 2007 predicate date).

No surprise; the first co-sponsor of the bill was Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) and to-date the bill has 14 co-sponsors. It’s been assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

There’s a real consensus on this effort. Leaders from the American Vaping Association (AVA), Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), and Vapor Technology Association (VTA) sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi urging support for the common sense legislation.

Center for Tobacco Products’ Mitch Zeller Out?
Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products is not a political appointee. He’s under no obligation to leave the position and could theoretically stick around for a while. But, there are some rumors that he’ll leave this year. He’ll have two choices when confronted with an FDA more supportive of harm reduction than he is: head back to the private sector or change course. My money’s on the big retainer awaiting him at any of the large pharmaceutical companies. Fingers crossed.
Upcoming Event Alert: Tobacco Control in an Era of Vapor Products
This Thursday, March 16th, Americans for Tax Reform is co-hosting an event in Washington, D.C. at the Heritage Foundation, “Rethinking Tobacco Control in an Era of E-Cigarettes and Other Alternatives to Smoking.” I’ll be joined by AEI’s Sally Satel, National Center for Public Policy Research’s Jeff Stier, and Heritage’s Daren Bakst.
Details: “This expert panel will discuss [smoking] alternatives, the latest research, the current harmful meddling of the federal government, and a new approach to tobacco policy, “tobacco harm reduction,” that recognizes that reducing the harm from the delivery of nicotine is not an all-or-nothing proposition.”

For those of you who live in real America and are unable to attend the event in person, that event can be viewed at 12:00PM EST on Heritage’s website. More info here.

 

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FDA Vapor Deeming Regs – Contact the FDA

 FDA Vapor Deeming Regs – Contact the FDA
… and FDA operators are standing by to answer them.

 

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Today, Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is officially publishing its final tobacco deeming regulations in the federal register. This means the clock begins counting down on the various compliance periods within which e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers must implement certain practices.

 

CASAA has been receiving a high volume of calls and emails from consumers and small businesses regarding how the FDA Deeming regulations will affect them. Fortunately, the FDA has set up a hotline to answer your questions.

 

Please take a moment today

To reach out to FDA at:

1.877.287.1373

(Operators are standing by to assist you with your FDA Deeming clarification needs.)

 

Some of the questions that CASAA has received that might be more appropriately answered by FDA include:

 

  • Will I still be able to DIY at home or do I need to register as a tobacco manufacturer?

  • I have an e-liquid line coming out next week. Will I be able to sell it?

  • Will kanthal wire and cotton balls now be considered tobacco products?

  • Will I have to pay to sample e-liquid even it it’s zero nicotine?

  • Can I sell my device to a friend even if I’m not a shop owner?

  • Can I give my old equipment to a friend who wants to stop smoking?

  • Is my device a tobacco product even though I use it with zero nicotine?

  • If I buy vegetable glycerine from a vape store, is it a tobacco product? If yes, what about if I buy it at a Walmart?

  • And so on…

If you have ANY question, the responsible thing to do is ASK THE FDA! Even if you know an expert vaper, you should call the FDA to confirm their analysis of the deeming regulation.

 

Doctors: Give Smokers E-Cigs To Help Them Quit

Doctors: Give Smokers E-Cigs To Help Them Quit

Experts say smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes, and assured such products can help them stop using tobacco forever.

10:08, UK,Thursday 28 April 2016

E-cigarette use has soared in recent years

Video: E-Cig Use ‘Should Be Encouraged’

Electronic cigarettes pose substantially less harm to smokers than tobacco, a report has concluded – despite an “increasingly common misconception” they are just as dangerous.

Although there is a possibility that e-cigarettes could cause some long-term harm, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said such devices have the potential to make a “major contribution” to preventing premature death and disease among smokers.

No evidence was found to suggest e-cigarettes are a “gateway to smoking” or normalise the habit – but experts agree they are beneficial for encouraging smokers to quit.

The report also stated “the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking”.

Professor John Britton, who chairs the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group, said: “The growing use of electronic cigarettes as a substitute for tobacco smoking has been a topic of great controversy, with much speculation over their potential risks and benefits.

“This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products … Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever.”

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre added there was an “opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people” if e-cigarettes are carefully managed and proportionately regulated.

Cancer Research UK has said e-cigarettes have “real promise in helping to reduce the huge death toll from tobacco” – and described the RCP’s report as “an accurate summary of the latest scientific evidence on e-cigarettes”.

The organisation’s director of prevention, Alison Cox, added: “Tobacco kills more than 100,000 people in the UK every year, we should grasp every opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to stop smoking for good.”

Public Health England said e-cigarettes should be combined with local stop smoking services to give Britons “an extremely good chance of quitting smoking successfully”.

There were an estimated 2.2 million Britons using e-cigarettes in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics – and more than half said their main reason for vaping was to try and quit smoking for good.

ONS figures suggest just 3% of those who regularly used an e-cigarette had never smoked before.

April 2014 Petition – FDA Vapor Products

April 2014 Petition – FDA Vapor Products
This POST is from the White House Website —> clickhere
Official Food and Drug Administration Response to Prevent the FDA from regulating or banning the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, accessories and associated liquids
This response was published on April 24, 2014.

Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes by the FDA

By Mitch Zeller

Thank you for your petition on electronic cigarettes.

First things first: While we are seeking to regulate products like electronic cigarettes, the proposed regulation would not ban them.

Some background, which you may already know: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that Congress passed in 2009 gave the FDA immediate authority to regulate certain tobacco products — cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco — under the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act. And while it didn’t apply right away to other tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes, the law gave the FDA authority to cover those products through regulation.

We’ve issued a proposed rule to allow the FDA to regulate those products in the April 25, 2014 issue of the Federal Register. Electronic cigarettes containing nicotine derived from tobacco would meet the statutory definition of “tobacco product” and so they’d be subject to the FD&C Act when the proposed rule is finalized.

Now the petition states that sections 905 and 910 of the FD&C Act would “ban all e-cigarettes,” and that’s not true.

If the FDA finalizes the rule in its current form, electronic cigarettes manufacturers will need authorization to sell products not commercially marketed as of February 15, 2007 — but this doesn’t mean these products would be banned. Sections 905 and 910 describe the applications and reports manufacturers will need to submit to sell their products.

There will be two primary ways for tobacco products to obtain that authorization: either an application for “substantial equivalence,” or an application for premarket approval.

“Substantial equivalence” would ask manufacturers to compare their products to another product that was already commercially marketed by February 15, 2007 or that was previously found by FDA to be substantially equivalent — though we acknowledge this may be challenging for electronic cigarettes. Second would be the premarket tobacco application, where a manufacturer submits information to the FDA establishing it would be “appropriate for the protection of public health” to allow the product to be marketed.

We know that those applications may require time and resources to develop. That’s why the FDA does not intend to take legal action against manufacturers for marketing their products without prior authorization until the FDA issues its decision on the application — so long as the manufacturer gets its application in within two years and thirty days after the final rule is published. Our hope is to provide manufacturers flexibility as the FDA completes its review.

So why are we seeking to regulate these products in the first place? As we discuss in the proposed rule, though all tobacco products are potentially harmful and potentially addictive, different categories of tobacco products may have the potential for varying effects on public health. There’s still a lot we don’t know about these products, and this rule will expand the amount of information available to the FDA and the public — that’s good for everyone.

Some people believe that e-cigarettes may help smokers quit smoking and that switching from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes may reduce exposure to harmful components and constituents in cigarette smoke. But again, we don’t know enough to make that call. This rule would help us to continue to analyze the potential benefits and risks of e-cigarettes, including their impact on nonusers and on the population as a whole.

It’s important to remember that this rule isn’t final yet, though. We’re seeking comments on the proposed rule as to how e-cigarettes should be regulated based on the continuum of nicotine-delivering products, and the potential benefits and risks associated with e-cigarettes.

The opportunity to comment on FDA’s proposed rule is now open and comments are due on July 9, 2014. We encourage you to do so, and to provide any data and information you may have to support your comments.

Related links:

Mitch Zeller is the Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

FDA Deeming Regulations of Vapor Products

Please support our Vaping Community and respond to these Vaping Calls to action as well as for your state. Links provided :

CASAA

11/24/15

National Call to Action! Make a Call to stop the FDA from banning nearly ALL vapor products from the market!

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In addition to sending an email, please make a call to support a provision (Sec. 747) in this year’s budget bill which could save the U.S. vapor industry from being destroyed by the overbearing and burdensome FDA premarket application process.

 

CASAA is asking members to voice support for a provision in this year’s budget bill that would change the grandfather date for products that are about to be subject to the FDA’s tobacco regulations. This provision

Sun Nov 22 2015 at 11:35 am PST noreply@blogger.com (Julie Woessner)
DEADLINE for Comment is TUESDAY, November 24, 2015. I. Background The FDA is requesting…

http://blog.casaa.org/2015/11/fda-call-to-action-submit-comments-on.html

 

Post on 11/21/15 

Deadline Tuesday 11/24/15

FDA Call to Action: click here—> Submit Comments on FDA’s Proposed Intended Use Regulation

DEADLINE for Comment is TUESDAY, November 24, 2015.
 Post below NOV2015

CASAA – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Save Vaping!

(1)  Call the White House! Urge President Obama to demand that the FDA re-work their deeming regulations to allow most vapor products to remain on the market. We have provided talking points HERE.

White House: (202) 456-1111
Alternate Number: (202) 456-1414

(2)  Send a Message! While you’re waiting to be connected to the White House (or after you’ve completed your call), please send a message to your US Representative and Senators urging them to support and co-sponosor HR 2058.

Support HR 2058Send an Email

(3)  Join CASAA! It’s easy, it’s free, and we will keep you up to date on information and opportunities to take action to protect your access to vapor products.

Click to Join CASAA

(4)  Register To Vote! Millions of vapers, including YOU, have the power to influence government decisions by electing candidates who support vaping!

  Click to Register to Vote

(5)  Tell your story! Please visit CASAA’s Testimonials Project and tell us about your experience with low-risk, smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and snus.

Click to Submit Your Story

NEW PETITION FOR VAPER SIGNING

Takes 1 minute and will help save our vaping community!

VapeSling LLC will have their employees on the phone with congress and senators after we reach 100K to qualify.

At this time we are at 62k. only 38k to go.

Follow the advocate fight on Instgram for latest updates. #nodisplaytill100k #vapersarmy #unitywithinthecommunity #vapecommunity

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-fda-re-work-deeming-regs-so-life-saving-vapor-products-can-remain-market

New Post 11/13/15 from CASAA.org

FDA Deeming Regulations of Vapor Products Moves Forward

The planned “deeming regulation,” with which the FDA will assume regulatory authority over e-cigarettes, has finally started moving forward again. It is now under review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House office that is tasked with making sure regulations create more benefits than costs. There is little doubt that the proposed regulation will eliminate the legal market for 99.99% — perhaps even 100% — of the products over which FDA asserts jurisdiction after a grace period. (The grace period in last year’s draft version of the regulation was two years.) There is an unconfirmed rumor that FDA will attempt to ban all non-tobacco flavors almost immediately.

CASAA is currently working on our presentation to OIRA at a meeting that is scheduled for December 15, 2015. This is a process in which we and other petitioners are required to provide analysis to OIRA without the benefit of seeing the exact current regulation. However, we have every reason to believe that it is, unfortunately, basically the same as the draft FDA published last year. As of now, it is our assessment that OIRA altering or rejecting this proposed regulation is the best hope of saving the diverse e-cigarette marketplace until Congress changes the law. (Please note that some have suggested that individual vapers try to schedule meetings with OIRA. We are not recommending this to our members. We are, however, asking consumers to submit their stories as part of CASAA’s Testimonials Project. We will be sharing those testimonials with OIRA at our meeting next month.)

You will find some of ongoing analysis of the current situation posted by CASAA’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Carl Phillips, on his antiTHRlies blog. Already posted are why this is not really regulation (but rather a ban pretending to be regulation) and why the history of FDA’s actions (and the US government more generally) related to low-risk smokeless tobacco suggest that FDA will not behave moderately or rationally once it has authority. If you want to read about the implications of FDA regulation in more depth, check out CASAA’s comment on the draft version of the regulation (pdf).

Watch For CASAA’s Survey

We will be launching a survey of our members that will provide critical information we can present to OIRA. Please watch for the invitation to participate and then do so. This is an important survey that could make a real difference, but we will need members to participate!

To continue this and our other work, CASAA depends on member donations to be able to keep fighting on your behalf. We do not charge membership dues, but we ask that you consider making a donation of any size.


 

CASAA Files Comments With FDA

CASAA recently filed two comments on FDA’s proposed rules about child-safety features for e-cigarettes and dissolvable smokeless tobacco products. Our main comment on the proposed rules can be found here. In it, we point out that consumers could genuinely benefit from appropriate warning labels and child-resistant packaging. However, we also make it clear that those modest benefits cannot possibly justify the FDA’s deeming regulation. We also wrote this response to one of the many comments from anti-tobacco activists that — as we predicted — were trying to use this reasonable proposal as an opportunity for vilifying e-cigarettes and nicotine. That comment period is now closed. Before it closed, hundreds of CASAA members responded to our Call To Action and submitted their own comments.

Two New Directors Join CASAA Board

CASAA is pleased to announce that Brian Carter, PhD and Bruce Nye have joined our board of directors!

Dr. Brian Carter’s field of study is addictive behaviors with a focus on the pharmacological, psychological, and behavioral foundations of tobacco and nicotine use, dependence, and motivation. As a former faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, he conducted multiple National Cancer Institute funded laboratory studies on the emotional, genetic, physiological, and behavioral aspects of nicotine use in cigarette smokers. His work has been published in the journals Addiction, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and other national and international outlets. He lends his expertise to the review of current research on smoke-free alternatives, collaborates on research projects with other tobacco harm reduction scientists, and assists with the preparation of CASAA’s science-based reports to government agencies and the public at large.

Bruce Nye, RN made the switch to electronic cigarettes on September 27, 2012, immediately ending a 43-year smoking habit he had failed numerous times by all other means to stop. He retired in 2003 from his first career of 25+ years engineering software and hardware solutions as a consultant to become an award-winning nurse specializing in acute care of trauma / surgical patients at a Level I Trauma Center in the Midwest for over 10 years. He joined CASAA as a member within months of discovering vapor products and quickly became an active and passionate advocate for THR. Bruce brings to CASAA’s leadership a strong ability to strategize and craft communications in the legislative, regulatory, and public arenas.

Successful Fundraising For Study

CASAA has completed our fundraising for a study on claims that e-cigarettes and other low-risk products are a gateway to smoking – thanks again to all who donated! A grant was awarded to Karyn Heavner, PhD, a long-time Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) researcher who is the principal investigator for a research team that includes CASAA’s Carl V Phillips. As you may know, gateway claims play a major role in anti-vaping rhetoric and policy proposals. The research will trace back to their sources prominent claims that there is such a gateway effect occurring, and critically evaluate whether those sources really support the claim. We expect that this research will be very useful for advocacy, providing the first comprehensive look at whether any scientific support exists for this common claim. You can view the research proposal here.

Global Tobacco Networking Forum

CASAA representatives presented at the GTNF, the world’s leading tobacco industry meeting, which now tends to focus more on e-cigarettes than all other products combined. You can read here the presentations by CASAA Executive Director Julie Woessner, JD, and CASAA Chief Scientific Officer Carl V Phillips, PhD.

More FDA Rules

FDA has issued a new proposed rule that could have major implications limiting anything vendors can say about alternatives to smoking. This is complicated and we are reviewing it, with the expectation that we will issue a Call to Action and also submit a comment on behalf of the consumers we represent.


 

These Calls To Action are still active as of the time this newsletter was sent.

U.S.: Support HR 2058 that would change the “grandfather date” for FDA e-cigarette regulation.

California: A ballot initiative (15-0081) has been proposed that would redefine e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” and enact a damaging tax on liquids and devices. CA residents are urged to register to vote so they can Vote NO on the initiative when it is added to the ballot next year. CASAA will issue an alert in the coming weeks.

Cook County, IL: Take action now to oppose a damaging per-milliliter tax on e-liquid by contacting County Commissioners.

Everyone: If you used e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or some other tobacco harm reduction product to quit smoking and have not yet provided a CASAA Testimonial, please add your story to the nearly 7,000  we have already collected! The testimonials are an important tool in our advocacy efforts, providing hope and inspiration to those considering making the switch and also helping regulators, policymakers and legislators to understanding that vapor products really do work and that real people’s lives are being affected. Testimonials collected will be presented to OIRA at our meeting in December to help OIRA understand the profound implications of these policies on the lives of consumers who rely on these products.

 

Recently Closed Calls To Action

These deadlines for these calls-to-action have passed, but they are listed FYI. If you live in these places, you should have received an email asking you to take action. (If not, please update your contact information!)