What’s at stake
The FDA has submitted their long-awaited final draft of proposed regulations. As a vaper, if you aren’t scared, you should be. These regulations are not designed to make vaping products safer, they will wipe out virtually all devices and e-liquid on the market today. Mods, tanks, RDAs, batteries, juice, and even DIY supplies will vanish. What’s left? Big Tobacco’s cigalikes and maybe a handful of products from companies that can throw millions at the FDA.
While we don’t yet have the full details of the final draft, we do know what was initially proposed last year. The FDA proposed rules that would require any vaping product to go through a premarket approval process that would cost over $300,000 per product. This is bad for hardware, but worse for e-liquid. As an example, Vapejoose currently has 85 flavors, 8 nicotine strengths, 4 VG levels and 4 sizes. That’s 10,880 products, which would add up to well overthree billion dollars. Even with one product, there’s the cost of providing research, testing, and anything else the FDA will require. In short, there are few if any vendors that will have the slightest chance of surviving.
How do we stop this?
Our best chance is to support H.R. 2058, also known as the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015. Introduced by Rep. Tom Cole from Oklahoma, this bill would change the grandfather date for “tobacco products” to June of 2015. Instead of removing 8 years of innovation, only products younger than 4 months will be subject to approval. Right now, H.R. 2058 is the glimmer of hope we must hold on to.
There has never been a more urgent need for action. We as individuals, as vapers, as Vapejoose, and as part of this community, urge you to contact the White House, your representative, and your senator. Tell them your story. Tell them to support H.R. 2058. Tell them to do everything in their power to keep vaping alive. And if you needed another reason, we’ll give you a free bottle for your support.
CASAA has provided a great letter template and information on how to contact your representatives. After sending them your letter, email it to us firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you a coupon code for a free 30mL bottle of Vapejoose e-liquid on your next order. Make your voice heard now, before it's too late.
For more information, visit CASAA or see the bill athttps://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2058
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