It was very challenging for those who tuned in this week to listen to the FDA’s webinar “Live Deeming Rule Q&A: How Can My Business Comply?” covering the new (and final) regulations to sit still. Despite the presenter’s efforts to provide guidance in a nice, calm manner, the message that the situation is dire came crashing through.
The use of vaporized nicotine products (VNPs), especially e-cigarettes and, to a lesser extent, pressurized aerosol nicotine products and heat-not-burn tobacco products, are being adopted increasingly as an alternative to smoking combusted products, primarily cigarettes. Considerable controversy has accompanied their marketing and use. We propose a framework that describes and incorporates patterns of VNP and combustible cigarette use in determining the total amount of toxic exposure effects on population health.
Today The Royal College of Physicians is releasing a new 200 page report titled “Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction” which concludes, among other things: Smokers can be reassured and ENCOURAGED to use e-cigs, and the public can be reassured that e-cig are MUCH SAFER than smoking. E-cigs are NOT a gateway to smoking.
E-cigs do NOT result in normalization of smoking. Evidence indicates that e-cigs are being used almost exclusively as SAFER ALTERNATIVES to smoked tobacco, by confirmed smokers who are trying to REDUCE HARM to themselves OR OTHERS from smoking, or to quit smoking completely.
Regulator Watch, a product of our neighbors to the north, has worked up a wonderful piece about the incredible damage the deeming reg would do to American businesses and public health. Additionally, host Brent Stafford interviews Stefan Didak, founder and president of Not Blowing Smoke.
Phil Kerpen, author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied has written an excellent piece calling on Congress to fix FDA’s proposed regulation of vapor products. In his commentary, Kerpen rightly points out that FDA intends to impose even stricter restrictions on vapor products than cigarettes, eliminate innovation and leave thousands of American small businesses in ruins.
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