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Post  polka23dot on Sat May 17, 2014 10:55 am

The (U.S.) government's chief tobacco regulator told Congress today that e-cigarettes are almost certainly healthier than tobacco, that much more research needs to be done, but that it needs to regulate them now anyway. source:
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-fda-says-e-cigarettes-are-less-harmful-than-smoking

E-cigarettes are at a crossroads... Everything hangs on the Food and Drug Administration's newly proposed plan for how it will regulate the emerging industry. If the FDA rules stand, the restrictions could wind up choking small vape businesses and clear the path for big tobacco firms poised to cash in on the trend. Per the FDA's proposal, any e-cig product made after 2007, including new models, must get FDA approval to be sold. That means hiring experts to do medical research to determine the health impact of the device, which can take months and cost an estimated $3-4 million and take 5,000 hours for each application. Needless to say, most of the merchants selling nicotine-infused liquid for vaporizers don't have that kind of cash... The tobacco companies can spare the cash, and each megacorporation has its own e-cigarette brand on the market. The problem is, those products suck. source:
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-e-cig-industry-will-choke-on-new-fda-regulations-but-not-big-tobacco

The irony is that older, less reliable ecig products are grandfathered in. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), the 2009 law which devolved tobacco oversight to the FDA, specifies February 15, 2007 as the cut-off date for grandfathered products: any ecigs on the market as of that date are automatically approved... Over its five-year existence, the FSPTCA has accomplished little other than erecting barriers to the entry of truly effective new cessation products, such as ecigs. When a promising alternative product such as the ecigarette comes along, the FDA expends vast amounts of energy trying to contain this technology and impede truthful discussion of it, instead of figuring out how to make it more accessible to desperate smokers. Ecigs or "vapor products" have shown promise in helping addicted smokers finally quit. They provide smokers' craved drug - nicotine - along with many of the comforting rituals of smoking, but without the toxins and carcinogens in the deadly, addictive products of tobacco combustion: the smoke. Last century, the tobacco control movement, including the FDA and the CDC, fought Big Tobacco's duplicitous manipulation of science. Big Tobacco sought to distract the public from the obvious fact: cigarettes are deadly. Today, it is the tobacco control movement whose messages are laden with misinformation and distortions of their own data, aiming to scare smokers away from ecigs. source:
http://www.american.com/archive/2014/may/new-fda-e-cigarette-regulations-killing-an-industry-killing-smokers

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