A bill from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California seeks to overturn the FDA rule that deems e-cigarettes as tobacco products, with the same regulation rules as traditional cigarettes. A part of the bill states that e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, but do not contain tobacco.
The bill is expected to be discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives anytime this week. Hunter’s bill would exempt vaping devices from rules that are applied on tobacco products; including the mandatory review and authorization by the FDA for e-liquid before they are sold; which is a very expensive process and in some way, prevents smokers from making the switch from traditional to electronic cigarettes since the costs involved in making the switch are too costly.
The bill strengthens the stand by local vaping companies to overturn the FDA rule, and is getting a lot of support over the last few days since it was released on the news. Since Donald Trump’s administration is currently cutting regulations across the board, there is a big possibility that the bill will pass, which is a good news for the vaping community.
Another bill from Republican Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Democrat Sanford Bishop of Georgia seeks to exempt vaping devices from FDA approval. It is expected to be voted on this week and bring the regulatory process to a complete stop.
The FDA requires that any product released after Feb. 15, 2007 to be submitted to them for review within the next 2 years. Products released before that are exempted and are considered grandfathered so they no longer require authorization.
The FDA has not commented on the mentioned bills at the moment. What do you think would be the result of these bills seeking to make vape devices and e-liquid easily available to everyone? Let us know your thoughts on the comments section.