Vapor Technology Association Updates
VTA Responds to the FDA’s Proposed Regulations
Despite rumors foreshadowing discouraging news in the nation’s capital, the Vapor Technology Association (VTA) and industry supporters continue in the ongoing campaign to protect the vaping industry. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has remained steadfast in their proposed one-size-fits-all approach to the regulation of vapor products as tobacco products in the United States. As the final regulation is expected to be handed down later in the month, this would ultimately be a devastating blow for the vaping industry. Vaping has become a highly accepted alternative among adult cigarette smokers and any momentum gained would be stopped in its tracks. As a result, the VTA has released a response to the proposed FDA Regulations.
“Responsibly manufactured vapor products are not only a safer alternative to traditional combustible products, but also provide smokers with a viable path to reducing their tobacco consumption and quitting altogether,” said Tony Abboud, VTA’s National Legislative Director.
“The FDA’s actions will not improve our nation’s public health objectives. To the contrary, they will yank responsibly manufactured vapor products from the hands of adult smokers and replace them with the cigarettes they had been trying to give up.”
Although the VTA is a relatively new organization, its proponents have been working diligently for several years to earn the trust of consumers and exerting countless hours to ensure the efficiency and safety of vapor products. The current proposed FDA Deeming Rule could potentially decimate all of the progress achieved to date. Thousands of small and mid-size businesses and retail shops in communities spanning the country operating and innovating outside of the influence of Big Tobacco would also be affected. If the FDA does in fact motion against the vaping industry, thousands could be out of jobs.
All hope is not lost, as the FDA has received an out pour of feedback opposing their proposed regulation. The VTA and its members maintain their stance and continue to develop stringent industry standards to affirm the security and virtue of the merchandise.
To read VTA’s press release in response to the FDA’s proposed regulations, please click here.
Cloture Filed on FAA Reauthorization Bill
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) proposed Amendment 3547 to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill that would direct the FAA to “expand the rule to prohibit the carrying of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked and in carry-on baggage.” Tuesday evening, negotiations to amend the policy failed making it more challenging for other amendments to pass. Senate leaders voted Thursday evening and if 60 votes are received for cloture, the Senate will then motion to debate and discuss the FAA Bill. Meanwhile, the VTA’s Government Affairs Team has been working vigorously against Sen. Blumenthal’s amendment and in contact with Senate leadership, other prominent committees, as well as the FAA Reauthorization Bill sponsor.
Vapers, vape shop owners, and concerned family members across the country answered the call to action by showing widespread support against the amendment. VTA will build on the positive feedback and continue to apply pressure on Congress for polices which affect vaper’s rights.
For more on Sen. Blumenthal’s proposed amendment and how to get your voice heard, please click here.
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