On August 8th of this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "deemed" tobacco-free vapor products as tobacco, subjecting them to a set of retroactive, onerous, expensive, and unworkable pre-approval burdens. Without Congressional action, an industry that contains more than 15,000 retail locations, countless manufacturers, and 10 million consumers trying to live healthier lives will be forced to return to smoking combustible cigarettes within two years.
The Right to Vape coalition is urging Congress to change the federal "predicate date," from February of 2007 to August of 2016, a recognition that a new industry selling products that are 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes should not be treated harsher than cigarettes ever were.
Royal College of Physicians: "The hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco."
Public Health England: "The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking"
Supporting organizations include:
The American Vaping Association (AVA);
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA);
The Smoke Free-Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA);
The Electronic Vaping Coalition of America (EVCA);