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Forbes Magazine: FDA needs to ‘butt out’ of vaping and e-cig regulations

In a rare editorial by the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, Steve Forbes is demanding that the FDA butt out when it comes to regulating the vaping and e-cig industries. Forbes is no stranger to controversy, having been a former two-time presidential candidate for the Republican Party in recent years. He’s always been a long-time enemy of Big Government, and his opposition to the FDA deeming regulations of last May is right in line with these beliefs.

Steve Forbes believes vaping is a ‘godsend’

The article appears in the February 28 issue of Forbes Magazine, and its author doesn’t hold back from his aggressive, often-controversial use of the English language. He calls FDA officials “anti-vaping Jihadists,” “fanatical antismoking crusaders,” and regulators with a highly “perverse mindset.”

“One area of rampant regulatory abuse the Trump Administration should attack is the war against e-cigarettes. ‘Vaping’ has been a godsend for people who are trying to quit smoking. It gives users the kick from nicotine without inhaling all the tars and other substances that make smoking cigarettes so lethal. Yet a perverse mind-set reigns among health regulators and fanatical antismoking crusaders: Against all honest scientific evidence, they equate vaping with lighting up actual cigarettes. They claim, with no credible justification, that e-cigarettes are a gateway to the real thing.”

But Steve Forbes doesn’t stop there. He also blasts the FDA for attempting to overregulate the cigar industry, as well.

Other of the agency’s many recently enacted restrictions include one that prohibits smoke shops from combining two different kinds of chewing tobacco into a new dual blend, even in cases where both individual tobaccos have already acquired the Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) approval that the FDA demands.

This is the very same PMTA process that is now also required for the vaping and e-cig industries thanks to the new FDA deeming regulations. Steve Forbes calls the PMTA a “wholly unnecessary approval process.”