In a recent piece on NPR, they touch here and there on topics in all of our minds. The main topic of the article is regulation by the FDA. Since there isn’t a lot of information released from the FDA about what they are doing or planning to do with electronic cigarettes, most of what they say is speculation. Granted, they probably aren’t far off the mark.
The NPR staff states that with the booming business of electronic cigarettes, almost all the major tobacco players have hopped into the game with an e-cig product to try recoop some of the loss associated with many ex-smokers success with vaping. The FDA has a few options to choose from: They could lump electronic cigarettes into the same category with traditional cigarettes which would demolish the industry.(No online sales, No advertisements, Vapers would be classified as smokers, etc.) Or they could classify e-cigs as a modified risk tobacco product.(Which nothing has been passed through as this due to the absurd guidelines) In the best case scenario, the FDA realizes how great e-cigs are for smokers and support the use by modifying law to allow the purchase over the internet as well as setting an industry standard for e-cig companies to follow, much like AEMSA has already starting trying to encourage.
Right now, most of what is said is speculation due to the the lack of information about what is going on. The FDA missed their “deadline” last month to release information about what direction to take with e-cigs. You can view this as a bad thing, but call me naive, I hope they are really getting their facts together and not relying on the ANTZ lies regarding electronic cigarettes.