Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

White House Deletes FDA E-Cigarette Regulations

avatar

The White House has significantly modified proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tobacco regulations, so that the online sale of e-cigarettes is not restricted, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Charged with analyzing the economic implications of policy, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) looked in detail at the FDA draft, which had included a prohibition of non-face-to-face sales, in effect banning online sales.

OMB changed the language, so that the ban applies only to vending machines. Due to lobbying from the cigar industry, OMB also addressed cigars, modifying the existing two-part rule which separates regulated from unregulated into a two-option rule, which exempts premium cigars.

The cigar industry’s concerns were voiced by 24 Republican legislators in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

“As you know, premium cigars are a niche product with an adult consumer base, much like fine wines. The majority of people who enjoy a cigar do so occasionally, often in social or celebratory settings,” they said.

In response back in April, Erika Sward, assistance vice president for national advocacy at the American Lung Association was concerned.

“The part of the proposal we are deeply troubled by is the sweetheart deal for the cigar industry,” she said.

Despite recent Senate hearings regarding the safety of e-cigarettes, various health concerns were also removed by the OMB. Additionally, requirements that would mandate reviewing variable nicotine content, poor quality control, and a chemical used in e-cigarettes called diethylene glycol, have all been removed. According to the FDA, diethylene glycol is a chemical that has caused mass poisonings.

Associated cost-benefit analyses have also been deleted. One deleted economic analysis in particular, regarding premium cigar exemptions, calculated that the exemption would save manufacturers anywhere from $1 million to $3 million. However, the resulting cost on public health would range from $32.6 million to $34.2 million.

Follow Jonah Bennett on Twitter


Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

BarbWire Books is pleased to announce

Homosexual Agenda and the US Military

Dr. Sonny Hernandez

Homosexual Agenda and the US Military is a field manual for US service members and military chaplains. This Gospel-Centered, polemical book exposes the homosexual agenda that adversely affects Religious Liberty for Christians. There are several homosexual activists that will demand equality and tolerance. However, homosexual activists are not so equal or tolerant towards anyone that disagrees with their position on same sex marriage or transgenderism. They will claim to love all, but they really do not mean all—they mean agenda. This is because the homosexual agenda has a definition for inclusivity—their way or the highway.


BUY BOOK


Posting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read More

STAY IN THE LOOP
Don't miss a thing. Sign up for our email newsletter to become a BarbWire insider.

Send this to friend