The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on the warpath, considering a possible flavor ban across the entire nation on e-liquids used in vaping. In May 2016, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the launching of an FDA probe seeking public input regarding the pros and cons of just such a ban. Anyone is welcome to express their opinions, including average vapers, vape shop owners, medical professionals, and public health officials.
Of course, vaping advocacy groups are certain that the anti-vaping community will be working overtime to prove their case in favor of a national flavor ban. And these antagonist groups are not beyond using misleading or falsified statistics to win their case. As a result, advocacy groups around the country like the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) are urging all American vapers to get involved before it’s too late.
The FDA Hotline for vaping rights
There are many different ways that the average vaper can help prevent a nationwide flavor ban imposed by the FDA. But vapers need to act fast. Writing to elected officials expressing their discontent is one way. Emailing them is another. But many vapers may be unware that the FDA in accordance with Chief Gottlieb has set up a national hotline, too. The phone number is 1-877-287-1373.
Vapers are encouraged to call as many times as they can. Vapers can share stories of how vaping has helped them to quit smoking or how the variety of e-liquid flavors keeps them free from the temptations of a smoking relapse. Vape shop owners can even express how a federal flavor ban will negatively affect their ability to make a living. No topics of conversation are off-limits.
Please call the FDA Hotline at
According to the official FDA press release, the probe into a possible flavor ban will only last 90-days. The opportunity to provide “public input” to the FDA ends on June 19, 2018. If phoning the FDA hotline is not appealing, vapers can also submit their views online via a government provided link.
“You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before June 19, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of June 19, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.”
The FDA has been warning the American vaping community for months that the agency is not very happy with many of the marketing practices used by certain e-liquid manufacturers. The FDA firmly believes, whether warranted or not, that certain vendors are intentionally targeting young children as potential customers by branding their e-liquid packaging to mimic certain candy, cookie, and other kid-friendly products. Vapers must get involved before it’s too late. The writing is already on the proverbial wall.