4 Quick & easy ways to help save vaping from FDA annihilation
It’s been a tough year for the American vaping community as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to escalate its aggressive assault on the entire industry. Last month, a federal district court judge ruled against the public health agency which resulted in the Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) process for vapor products being moved forward by over 4-years. Manufacturers of e-liquids, vape devices, and individualized components now have less than 10-months to submit an application for each product or be forced to withdrawal their selections from store shelves.
However, there’s a loophole in the judge’s ruling – two, in fact. The first is that the FDA has the right to appeal the decision and ask for an extension. The second is that the FDA has the legal authority to “exempt” any vapor product from the PMTA process entirely, as long as the agency does so “for good cause on a case-by-case basis.”
In this day of divided government and tribal politics, it’s easy for Americans to begin to feel powerless. Luckily, we have a President in the White House who’s famous for despising government regulations of almost any sort.
Change is possible, but the American vaping community needs to get actively involved before it’s too late. Here are 4 quick and easy ways to help save vaping from utter destruction by the FDA.
1. Start by tweeting Donald Trump.
Let’s be honest. Love him or hate him, the man lives and breathes Twitter. He tweets when he wakes up in the morning. He tweets during staff meetings. He’s even been caught tweeting at 3 AM in the morning.
Send President Trump a tweet at @realDonaldTrump, and demand that he save vaping from government over-regulation. Or send him an email at WhiteHouse.gov/contact. Tell him how much you love vaping flavors, too, because the FDA and other anti-vaping groups want to ban those, as well. If you really want to get his attention, insert a link to a New York Times article about Democrats hating vaping.
2. Contact your congressional representatives.
Just last week, the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy held two congressional hearings. The topic of conversation was the FDA’s “teen vaping epidemic” allegations. Committee members had 5-minutes each to ask questions of Juul CEO Kevin Burns, and the hearings did not go well.
In fact, the grossly misinformed Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley even claimed Juul is “killing” people who use their products when, in fact, the world’s largest vapor company has probably already saved tens of thousands of lives.
To locate your congresspersons – House and Senate - just travel to WhoIsMyRepresentative.com and type in your zip code. In most cases, the elected official’s contact information will automatically appear, including their telephone number, office address, website, and email.
3. Tweet to the new FDA Commissioner, Ned Sharpless.
The man behind the creation and implementation of the FDA deeming regulations and its included PMTA regulation is none other than Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the now-former Commissioner of the FDA. But there’s a new sheriff in town now, and his name is Ned Sharpless. When sending those tweets and emails to your elected officials, don’t forget about Sharpless. His twitter account is @FDACommissioner.
4. Read news articles online about vaping and leave comments.
Social media is filled with mainstream news articles about vaping, most of them slant towards the negative. Instead of skipping over them when you smell something fishy or when the article posts information that you know is untrue or misleading, get involved. Leave a comment. If the vaping community wants to change public opinion on vaping, then they need to begin at the grass roots level.