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World leaders slam FDA for stance on vaping and e-cigs

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The U.S. is sometimes viewed as a progressive nation in other countries, but the FDA’s current stance on vaping and e-cigs is drawing fire from medical leaders all over the globe. The proposed FDA regulations that would essentially eliminate 99% of the vaping and e-cigs industry overnight are considered an obvious ploy by the CDC and the FDA to protect Big Tobacco.

Seven of the world’s most highly regarded tobacco control experts from Australia, Canada, Japan, and other nations recently published an article in the online medical journal Addiction, stating that America’s CDC and the FDA are focusing on the wrong issues.

Instead of focusing on a “lack of scientific evidence” that e-cigs are less harmful than smoking, they should simply use common sense. The e-liquid in vaping products is tobacco-free. By trying to equate nicotine and tobacco, the CDC is essentially lying to the American public. Furthermore, the CDC’s claims that vaping leads to smoking are simply not based in reality.

"We're concerned the FDA, which has asserted its right to regulate e-cigarettes, will focus solely on the possibility that e-cigarettes and other vapor nicotine products might act as (a) gateway to cigarette use…We believe that the discussion to date has been slanted against e-cigarettes, which is unfortunate, because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who already are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers."

-Dr. David Levy from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the seven experts behind the Addiction article.

Meanwhile, the Great Britain’s Royal College of Physiciansis also voicing opposition to the harsh vaping and e-cigs regulations. On Thursday, this UK medical group also made claims that the U.S. and the European Union (EU) should be urging the community to quit smoking and start vaping…immediately. Instead of trying to discourage vaping, they should be trying to encourage the transition.

“In the interests of public health, it is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK.”

- The Royal College of Physicians

Fortunately, U.S. politicians are beginning to see the light, or so it seems. Just days ago, the House Appropriations Committee approved an FDA Amendment that would push forward the predicate date for deeming regulations of vaping products. If the amendment is signed into law by the President after review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), then the American vaping industry would be essentially saved.

(Related Article: Breaking News: Is Congress Saving Vaping By Striking Back At The FDA?)

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