It took 499 pages of regulations for the Food and Drug Administration to really – do nothing – except magically turn nicotine into tobacco, and take control. That’s right, E-cigarettes AND components are now classified as tobacco according to the FDA.
Media blitzes of negative stories have subsided since regulations were released. It seems those “in charge” have achieved their goal. According to those regulations, even this blog can aspire to be a tobacco product.
- A glass or plastic vial container of e-liquid
- Certain batteries
- Cartomizers and clearomizers
- Digital display or lights to adjust settings
- Tank systems
- Drip tips
- Flavorings for ENDS
- Programmable software
From here at the FDA website:
Here, updated 9/24/16 is how – in part – they achieved that goal:
THIS was tweeted in response to a question:
The full link is available if you click on it.
Let it be said, let it be deemed.
So August 8th, as nicotine becomes tobacco, I will refer to the date and its intent by the FDA as “National Tobacco Day”. It could also be Tobacco Harm Promotion day, but that’s been going on for years. I hope you’ll understand I cannot name each and every non-profit organization, politician, individual professional “expert” or government branch in the United States supporting tobacco use for the purpose of time and space. They know who they are. You thought it was about tobacco harm reduction, eh?
Time and space.
They thought e-cigs were a fad. Since the government didn’t see a threat, at first, there was no upheaval or need to do so – at first. They needed time – since 2009 – now stay with me – to change the minds of Americans – to create the
lie illusion that nicotine is bad, addictive and that e-cigarettes are the same as combustible tobacco and of course, the goal was to change the classification of nicotine into tobacco.
Nicotine is not classified as tobacco in any approved “pharmaceutical form” for cessation products. Huh. Those are made by elves.
Now nicotine is tobacco. The public thinks these organizations are swell. They care about kids. They are for one of two things. Smokers who will continue to pay the tax as they purchase cigarettes, or e-cigarette users who they now can collect their lost revenue from again on a product they deem tobacco. They get the one thing they wanted, and it isn’t “less smoking” or protecting children as they claim. They’ll still pretend they care about that, but it’s all about the money.
No answer yet from Robert Califf and his “extensive” rule to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee . Seems after all this time, all the effort to regulate for the sake of public health, Califf cannot put answers to the questions. It seems with all the years in the making, answers would be simple to come up with, as the questions in the letter are not that hard:
1. The final rule notes that the FDA does “not currently have sufficient data about e-cigarettes and similar products to fully determine what effects they have on the public health.” Further, the final rule states that “comments were divided on the safety and toxicity of e-liquids, e-cigarettes, and the exhaled aerosol.”
- Will the FDA issue a revised rule if there is sufficient data that finds that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes? Please explain.
- How is the FDA’s regulation of e-cigarettes not a premature restriction on an industry given the FDA’s admission that it does not have “sufficient data” about e-cigarettes to determine the effects on the public’s health?
2. Some stakeholders claim that the FDA’s rule on e-cigarettes will stifle innovation and result in the closure of many small businesses that create and sell e-cigarette products.
- Did the FDA determine how many e-cigarette businesses will be affected by the rule? If not, why?
- If so, please provide that data.
- Of the e-cigarette businesses that will be affected by the rule, how many of those businesses does the FDA predict will exit the market as a result of the new requirements?
3. Has the FDA considered the unintended consequences if decreased access to e-cigarettes leads to increased consumption of traditional cigarette and tobacco products? Please explain.
Please provide this material as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2016.
No word on the FDA answering any questions yet. Maybe Califf is too busy counting money with all the corruption going on.
A second letter has been sent as of 6/6/16
The choice of the Centers for Disease Control, Food & Drug Administration and politicians from Barbara Boxer to Richard Blumenthal along with influence and impact of lobbying by organizations including The American Medical Association, Cancer Society, Lung & Heart Association, Tobacco Free Kids and ALL their subsidiaries and more have been planning “National Tobacco Day” since around 2009. Whew, that was a hell of a sentence.
Wear something nice, bring a friend. The date is August 8th.
A THIRD letter now has been sent:
THESE are national consumer and industry organizations in the United States who keep US informed.
- American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA)
- American Vaping Association
- CASAA – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
- National Vapers Club
- NOT BLOWING SMOKE
- Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition
- Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association SFATA
- The Vaping Militia
- Vapor Technology Association
You can find me here on Facebook …
Did you know there’s a place covering ALL international e-cigarette topics every weekday?
Now you do. Vapers.org.uk
Follow THEM here on twitter.
E-cigarette Research is HERE.
MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.
If you are a Medical Professional go HERE.