The Vapor Technology Association described yesterday’s announcements regarding the e-cigarette industry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as “a giant step backward” against the best interest of public health.
“By threatening an industry—and technology that millions of adult smokers are successfully using to reduce or quit smoking deadly cigarettes-–FDA is venturing into dangerous territory, the organization said in a statement. “It is upending its own process by threatening to move forward deadlines and banning ‘certain flavors’ without engaging in its required comprehensive, science-based analysis.”
The VTA said it is surprised by FDA’s statement in particular because the most recent available data does not indicate an epidemic. “It is arguably irresponsible and clearly unscientific to suggest that there is an ‘epidemic’ based upon ‘news coverage’ and ‘increased concerns among kids, parents and educators’ especially when the current available data suggests the contrary—that youth smoking and vaping rates are and have been declining,” said Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association.
According to the VTA, the announcement threatens the entire vapor industry, essentially throwing the baby out with the bathwater in response to sensationalized anecdotes and the loudest voices. An entire industry that is saving people’s lives should not be jeopardized to kowtow to hysterical public health groups.
“What is frightening is that today’s statement offers little but lip service to FDA’s so-called plans to support innovation and prioritize smoking cessation,” said Abboud. “VTA is concerned that this Administration may be the victim of overhyped media reports regarding the vapor industry and as a result may be reverting to Obama-era regulation that prevents any new innovation.”
“Decisions of this magnitude must be made on science, not emotion. That is FDA’s charge. Today’s actions have sent Big Tobacco stocks skyrocketing. Does FDA really want millions of Americans to return to smoking cigarettes?” added Abboud.