Tobacco Regulation

Bipartisan group urges FDA to go beyond vaping flavor ban
Senators call for more action to curb e-cigarettes

Last week, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., called on Sharpless to resign if the FDA did not restrict flavored e-cigarette sales, but Durbin said Thursday that Sharpless “responded to my letter in a positive way and I want to give him a chance to show that he’s serious.” (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators from both parties emphasized to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday that more should be done to curb youth vaping beyond the Trump administration’s decision a day earlier to ban e-cigarette flavors.

Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless briefed the senators in a morning meeting that the organizer, Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, described in positive terms. Last week, Durbin called on Sharpless to resign if the FDA did not restrict flavored e-cigarette sales, but Durbin said Thursday that Sharpless “responded to my letter in a positive way and I want to give him a chance to show that he’s serious.”

Trump’s FDA Takes on Tobacco
CQ on Congress Podcast, Episode 120

The FDA wants e-cigarette manufacturers to take steps to curb youth use or “face regulatory consequences.” (Matt Cardy/Getty Images file photo)

In an administration proud of its deregulatory approach, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has defied the trend. He's proposed to mandate lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and suggested a willingness to crack down on electronic cigarette products popular with kids. Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and CQ health reporter Andrew Siddons assess the proposals and the likelihood Gottlieb will follow through.

 

E-Cigarette Regulations Could Stymie Small Shops
FDA issues long awaited rules

Promoters smoke electronic cigarettes during the Vape Fair in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued long-awaited regulations that for the first time place e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other new tobacco products under federal oversight.  

Manufacturers can continue to sell the products for up to three years while they submit applications to the FDA. While all of the products will be subject to some kind of registration and pre-market approval, the rules appear to offer e-cigarette makers an opportunity to go through a less costly and time consuming review in line with the path almost all combustible tobacco products take. The final regulations will also require manufacturers to report ingredients and place health warnings on any packages or advertisements.