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Daily Digest - Friday, 6 May 2016


FDA to regulate e-cigarettes

"I think that FDA scientists are very clever and very well aware of the e-cigarette reality. [...] in my opinion, the FDA officials were legally obliged to follow this path and create such a regulation". [...]
"Regulators need to watch out for intended consequences of overzealous regulation, such as stifling such developments or making e-cigarettes more expensive and less attractive to smokers; [...] 
"At last the Food and Drug Administration will have basic authority to make science-based decisions that will protect our nation's youth and the public health from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah," [...]

FDA takes significant steps to protect Americans [...]

[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations [...]


FDA went way too far on e-cigarettes: Opposing view

The FDA wasn’t wrong to regulate e-cigarettes. It was wrong to effectively ban, by its own estimate, up to 98.5% of the e-cigarettes on the market today. E-cigarettes, Public Health England says, are about 95% less harmful than smoking, are not a gateway to smoking, and could help smokers quit. Now, the FDA wants to put an end to this less harmful alternative to smoking.


FDA Brings E-Cigarettes under Federal Authority

New federal rules announced Thursday have the potential to upend the multibillion-dollar electronic cigarette industry just as it is attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.


E-Cigarette Manufacturers Say New Regulations Will Devastate The Industry

The Food and Drug Administration issued long-anticipated rules this morning that extend federal regulatory authority to e-cigarettes, [...] The most onerous requirement, say e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers: a retroactive premarket approval process for all e-cigarette products, from e-liquids to vaporizers. Companies must provide a detailed listing of each product’s ingredients [...]


Bloomberg Endorses FDA Regs That Could Wipe Out E-Cigarettes

Michael Bloomberg enthusiastically endorsed a wave of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations [...] “There’s still a lot we don’t know about the health impacts of e-cigarettes, but there’s no question that nicotine is addictive, making them a serious threat to the progress we have made reducing smoking rates,” Bloomberg wrote.


It’s Just the Science [...]

In this episode of RegWatch hear directly from John Britton, professor of epidemiology and Chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group at the Royal College of Physicians.


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