By Jeremiah Jones
The FDA once again delivers devastating regulations that will DESTROY smaller businesses and will hurt the health of Americans. As expected, these regulations support big tobacco companies and will eliminate most, if not all, of the e-cigarettes which were developed to help people stop smoking and be healthier.
According to Guy Bentley of The Daily Caller, Passed in 2009, the Tobacco Control Act says all e-cigarette products released after February 15, 2007, (predicate date) will have to go through the Pre-Market Tobacco Applications process (PMTA). FDA officials claim they cannot change the predicate date.
The PMTA costs millions of dollars per product and it can take over 1700 hours to complete an application according to the FDA. With the predicate date of Feb 15, 2007, very few if any vapor products will be passed over by the PMTA. This will ensure that most businesses, except the big tobacco companies of course, will not be able to withstand the regulatory burden designed to destroy smaller businesses and help the big tobacco companies at the cost of public health.
“The agency’s economic analysis of the rule predicts that the cost of such approvals will be so high that approximately 99 percent of products on the market will not even be put through the application process,” says the American Vaping Association (AVA).
Bentley says, “But there is still hope for the industry yet after a House Appropriations committee passed an amendment April 19, which would alter the predicate date. The amendment is not yet law and will have to pass through the House of Representatives.”
“Despite an overabundance of distorted and misleadinginformation propagated by some in the public health community, the science is clear – responsibly manufactured vapor products are not only a safer alternative to traditional combustible products, but also provide smokers with a viable path to reducing their tobacco consumption and quitting altogether,” said Tony Abboud, the Vapor Technology Association’s National Legislative Director.
“Today’s action by the FDA will do nothing to improve our nations’ public health objectives. To the contrary, today’s action will yank responsibly manufactured vapor products from the hands of adult smokers and replace them with the tobacco cigarettes they had been trying to give up.”
The VTA argues the FDA’s rules will kill almost a decade of innovation in the e-cigarette space and put THOUSANDS of small and mid-size businesses OUT OF BUSINESS to the benefit of major tobacco companies.
“If, in the name of public health, federal regulations inhibit much-needed innovation in the e-cigarette market, public health would actually suffer, as fewer adult smokers would be likely to switch from smoking,” said the National Center for Public Policy Research’s director of Risk Analysis, Jeff Stier.
“One only needs to look at the rapid innovation coming from the vaping industry to see how devastating this rule will be,” Jared Meyer, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an emailed statement.
“While large tobacco companies will likely be able to absorb these costs, countless small manufacturers will be put out of business – leading to a less dynamic market. Without continued innovation, it will be harder for cigarette smokers to kick their deadly habit by taking up a much less harmful form of nicotine consumption,” Meyer added.
According to Wells Fargo, e-cigarette sales amounted to $3.5 billion in 2015. The case for wide-spread e-cigarette use was given a boost April 27 after the Royal College of Physicians published a 200-page report supporting the products as a smoking cessation method.
Why do we keep allowing the corrupt FDA regulators to do this to us? Why do we let the pawns of the big tobacco companies make the rules? When is enough enough? When the tobacco companies profits are hindered, they just have their people pass new regulations to push out the ones providing a product that helps people stop being addicted to their drug and we are supposed to sit back and let it happen?