ATTENTION VAPING COMMUNITY!
We need YOUR help!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking for public comments on two very important topics.
The first one is searching for information about e-cigarette, or vaping-product use associated lung injuries, better known as EVALI. The FDA is looking to take additional steps on how to move forward from EVALI cases. To date, there have been 2,807 confirmed cases and 68 deaths. We need to make our voices heard on this situation, as we know that Vitamin E Acetate in illegal THC cartridges were the culprit for this.
Here is the link to the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/18/2020-03160/request-for-information-vaping-products-associated-with-lung-injuries
This expires on 04/20/2020. There are currently 23 public comments available on this, and we need to make our voices heard. If you're not the best writer, or want to make this easy, take a look at this blog post: https://www.yes-i-vape.com/post/the-fda-is-looking-for-help-with-lung-injuries.
You can copy and paste the information here, and edit the information at the bottom to include YOUR story. Of course, you can edit this as you feel fit.
The next public commenting is for the pre-market tobacco application (PMTA). Currently, the PMTA will cost roughly $1,000,000 for ONE flavor in four nicotine levels (0, 3, 6, 9 for example). No one can afford this, especially small businesses that create their own e-liquids either in-house or for their local area.
This commenting period opens on March 10th, 2020 and will close in 30 days. We need to let the FDA know that this in unfeasible for 95% of the vapor industry, and we need to have a reform.
Here is a sample of what you could write (or just copy and paste this)!
"Thank you for re-opening the commenting period for this docket.
The pre-market tobacco application was created to ensure that tobacco products would be released after various types of testing, including tests for risks and illnesses. The Food and Drug Administration defines tobacco as: Any tobacco product, excluding any component or part of a tobacco product that is not made or derived from tobacco.
E-liquids are not derived from tobacco. Nicotine, while it can be extracted from tobacco, is usually synthetically made. The other components of e-liquid are not derived from tobacco. E-liquid is created with USP vegetable glycerin, USP propylene glycol, artificial and natural flavoring and nicotine if you choose to use nicotine.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has lumped vapor products under the umbrella term "tobacco," we understand as an industry that there does need to be a certain requirement for the safety of consumers.
The "grouped" PMTA would allow for small businesses to continue to thrive without the price tag of PMTA. Once everything is calculated, a business would have to spend nearly $1,000,000 to submit products without the "grouped" PMTA.
No small business can afford that. Many small businesses have shut their doors for various reasons, from Pennsylvania's 40% wholesale tax, to states banning flavored e-liquids, to worries about PMTA and the next steps.
Reassurance that small businesses that create flavored nicotine e-liquids will thrive is necessary.
I am an ex-smoker. I smoked (insert brand of cigarettes) for (insert amount of time here). I successfully quit smoking cigarettes by transitioning to vapor products. I haven't smoked a cigarette for (insert amount of time here). I quit smoking cigarettes using (insert flavor here) with (insert nicotine level here). I now use (insert flavor here) with (insert nicotine level here). My family and friends are grateful for vapor products, and my body thanks me for quitting smoking. I now can (insert activities here). Had I not switched to vaping, I don't think I would ever have stopped my cigarette habit. I am grateful for the vape shops near me that are run by my neighbors. I've met incredible individuals, intelligent business owners, and have made a support system through these shops.
I ask you to consider "grouped" PMTA so that myself and 13,000,000+ other people can continue to get off of cigarettes, stay away from cigarettes, adjust our nicotine amounts and enjoy our flavored nicotine e-liquids that create an incentive to quit smoking."
Vape fam, we NEED you. If you enjoy your local vape shops and enjoy flavored nicotine e-liquids, you MUST speak up now.
Have your voice heard by the FDA.
Thank you for your time! Let's keep fighting!