The FDA deeming regulations have been unleashed upon us and they are harsh. There are major issues, of course, given the seriousness of the health risks from smoking vs the potential life saving benefits of electronic cigarettes. For example, why is the FDA justifies harsh regulations based on hypotheticals rather than focussing on harm reduction is a bit of a head scratcher to say the least. The media has mobilized to attack vaping as well.
In the meantime, Public Health England has definitively found that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. The Royal College of Physicians in the UK recommends that smokers switch to vaping. The situation is confusing and many vapers have questions.
CASAA is inviting vapers and all people to get their answers direct from the source. They recommend calling the FDA directly and asking. The number to call is 1-877-287-1373. You can also email and at the end of the article we will give you a link to connect to CASAA and get more details.
What questions do you have? Many people want to know if they will still be able to access their favorite ejuice after the regulations fully take effect. Others want to know if non-nicotine ejuice counts as a tobacco product. What are your questions?
I would like to know why the FDA does not recognize the existence of millions of people who no longer smoke because they vape. I am going to call and ask them just how many people replied during the commenting period and told the FDA that they had quit with ecigs. I would like to know if they tracked that data and if they consider the number to be statistically significant.
Of course they may say that those comments could not be independently verified and yet when anti-vaping groups manipulate survey data, such as the NYTS, national youth tobacco survery, they seem okay data dredging negative volunteered, p-hacked, non-verified data. Weird, huh? Perhaps then they will say that a scientific survey specifically asks a group of targeted people questions related to a certain subject. Well, isn’t that kind of like when the FDA asked for comments regarding vaping regulations? Seems like a valid survey to me. Then again, I don’t wear a lab coat to work and as a member of the unwashed masses I am sure that I do not have the ability to comprehend at the level of my bureaucratic betters.
Of course, I am adversarial to the regulations and I guess it shows! I feel as though the vaping community was openly discounted and ignored as were the fates of millions of current and former smokers. But in all honesty I really do want to know the specific results of the open commenting period and how many of the comments received were testimonials of actual human beings that have quit smoking with vaping. I read probably two hundred of the comments and from the small sampling that I read, the majority were testimonials of people that have quit with vaping.
I would also like to know if the FDA considers those comments and testimonials to be statistically significant.
That’s my question and I will ask without being snide or sarcastic. I will ask because I truly want to know. And the person answering the phone will not be a policy maker. The person answering the phone may very well agree with me so there is not point in confronting or saying the laws are stupid or anything like that. In fact, I honestly appreciate having the ability to call and ask a question. The fact that we can call and get our questions answered is a very good thing and we should appreciate the opportunity and thank the person who takes our call.
CASAA also has a list of suggested questions to ask. For example the FDA has a broad definition of tobacco product basically including everything vaping related. So is cotton and nickel wire now a tobacco product? It is a legitimate question. Can you make DIY ejuice on your home? Is a lighter or matches now a tobacco product? If advanced vaping products are forced out of the market can you get one from the UK? All valid concerns.
If you have any concerns then by all means call the FDA and ask them directly. Before doing so, visit the CASAA website and read over the best ways to contact the FDA and have your questions about the ecig deeming regulations answered.