The Food and Drug Administration is working to regulate the vaping market with stricter rules. Recently, on March 15th, the government body laid down new laws on nicotine content in cigarettes. Now the same process will be applied to e-liquids flavours and their contents.
Scott Gottlieb, director of the FDA, agreed with the fact that vaping products can potentially help smokers quit. However, he minimised the impact of nicotine substitute products when it comes to quitting traditional cigarettes. In his opinion, the testimonies of former-smokers who used vaping to kick the habit is anecdotal at best, and would not compare to an epidemiological study.
Gottlieb also worried about the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among younger populations. In particular, he pointed the finger at certain flavours that could explain why adolescents are attracted to these products. According to the FDA director, young people should avoid smoking tobacco products, e-cigs, and any related products. The FDA is working to establish effective legislation to protect citizens from the sale of products that are harmful to health, namely its primary mission.
A national conversation to lay down new laws on e-liquid flavours
Certain flavours in e-liquids have been deemed potentially dangerous. With this in mind, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) was published in the Federal Register. This official procedure is an open invitation to members of the public to provide their testimonies regarding electronic cigarette re-fill flavours.
To achieve this, the FDA will be taking account of consumer testimonies as well as scientific research and manufacturer specifications. Consulting a variety of players in the market will allow the FDA to reach a consensus that all parties can benefit from.
Most importantly, it is imperative that the regulations determine if certain e-liquid varieties can be sold legally. There are various criteria involved, first of all the real benefits they can provide to cigarette smokers, but also statistical data on the impact of e-cig consumption on premature deaths caused by smoking and smoking-related diseases.