State Ags Urge Stricter E-cig Regulations: Report

Leading Health Groups Urge FDA to Finalize Rule Regulating All Tobacco Products by… — WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

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Representing states that include California, New York and Illinois, the AGs submitted a 33-page letter to the administration on Friday. “While the proposed rule addresses some of our concerns, it fails to address matters of particular concern, such as characterizing flavors, the marketing of e-cigarettes, and the sale of tobacco products over the Internet,” the group said, according to the WSJ report. What the Reynolds deal says about e-cig leader blu The fast-growing vapor nicotine industry is projected to surpass $2 billion this year, according to industry specialists. Tobacco firms and public health advocates are debating the impacts of using the devices as the public comment period for the FDA’s regulations winds down. The FDA proposed to ban the sale of e-cigs to minors in April and will begin reviewing the more than 75,000 comments posted on federal platform when the period closes on Friday.
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State AGs urge stricter e-cig regulations: Report

“While the proposed rule addresses some of our concerns, it fails to address matters of particular concern, such as characterizing flavors, the marketing of e-cigarettes, and the sale of tobacco products over the Internet,” the group said, according to the WSJ report. What the Reynolds deal says about e-cig leader blu The fast-growing vapor nicotine industry is projected to surpass $2 billion this year, according to industry specialists. Tobacco firms and public health advocates are debating the impacts of using the devices as the public comment period for the FDA’s regulations winds down.
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The FDA should not exempt so-called “premium cigars” from regulation. The FDA’s proposed rule includes an option for such an exemption. “There is no justification for exempting any cigars from FDA regulation,” the health groups wrote. “All cigars are harmful and potentially addictive to users Moreover, all cigars threaten the health of non-users by giving off significant amounts of harmful secondhand smoke.” The health groups also point out that kids, and not visit this page just adults, smoke cigars, with a recent CDC survey showing that high school boys now smoke cigars at the same rate as cigarettes (16.5 percent for cigars and 16.4 percent for cigarettes). The FDA should apply the same sales and marketing restrictions that currently apply to cigarettes to the newly-regulated products. The FDA’s proposed rule would prohibit sales to children under 18, require retailers to verify age for all over-the-counter sales and restrict vending machines to adult-only facilities. The health groups urged the FDA to go further by extending other regulations that apply to cigarettes, including prohibiting self-service displays that make tobacco products more accessible to kids and restricting marketing such as brand name sponsorship of events. They also called on the FDA to prohibit online sales of the newly-regulated products, or at the very least to impose tougher age verification requirements on internet sellers. The FDA should prohibit the use of “characterizing flavors” in cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. The 2009 law prohibited the use of candy and fruit flavorings in cigarettes. An extension of this prohibition “is justified in light of the commonplace use of candy and fruit flavors in cigars and e-cigarette products, the appeal of such flavored products to young people and the marketing of those products in ways that enhance their appeal to young people.” The FDA should require child-resistant packing of nicotine liquid products by April 25, 2015. Such a rule is needed to address a dramatic increase in calls to poison control centers involving nicotine poisoning of children exposed to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The FDA should revise its flawed cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rule that led the agency to vastly underestimate the likely benefits. Among other flaws, the FDA slashed its estimated benefits of the rule by 70 percent to account for the “pleasure” smokers lose if they quit smoking as a result of the regulations. Earlier this week, nine leading economists submitted a paper to the FDA that faulted the agency for inappropriately applying this concept to tobacco regulations.
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