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Regulations Present a Stark Future for Vape

Experts and companies object to the FDA and WHO’s desire to control how we quit while ignoring the science.

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On a good day, experts refer to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “misguided” in the way it is attempting to deal with the growth of vaping. The same criticism is directed at the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) desire for e-cig prohibition.

“As a business we operate in both the EU and the USA,” states Totally Wicked, “have a loyal customer base, offer a wide and dynamic range of hardware and e-liquids and try always to deliver the best possible service in an open and ethical way. However, this is clearly not enough for the FDA as they actively shut down this vibrant industry.”

Michael Siegel agrees: “This is a perfect rendition of exactly what the FDA is doing with its misguided regulatory approach to electronic cigarettes. By treating vaping products exactly the same as deadly cigarettes (in fact, by regulating them more stringently than cigarettes), the FDA is essentially making it clear that it wants smokers to continue smoking rather than switch to a much safer alternative that could potentially save millions of lives.”

Commenting to the Times of India, Ricardo Polosa adds: “Much of the campaign against e-cigarettes has been driven by emotion and ideology, not evidence. In reality, no one is dying from this product. There are widespread rumours in social media that delegations of countries with little or no experience on the topic are driving an agenda to prohibit [vaping].”

Reason TV explain in the following video exactly why the FDA and WHO are so averse to having any policy that may be seen as going light on tobacco companies. The trouble is the posture has a lethal impact on vape companies.

The joint statement he issued continued: “Such a course of action would be a huge mistake and do untold harm to millions of smokers. We hope these rumours are untrue and do not reflect the current climate and the real intentions of WHO COP7 delegates. ENDS represent the greatest opportunity in generations to prevent and reduce the harm of smoking.”

Lucas Anderson, a vape business owner, opens up about the stark future facing him and his peers: “Unfortunately, the recent decision by the FDA to ‘deem’ vapor products as tobacco will force me to close my business and fire my 10 employees in less than two years.”

He raises the subject of appealing to the sense on Congress, it’s a topic close to the heart of Totally Wicked too: “By the end of 2018, there will be no independent vaping industry left within the USA - unless Congress decides to look deeper into this, or indeed the legal system is willing and able to hold the FDA to account for its fallacious representation of the risk impact that it has used to justify this regulatory abomination.”

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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