WSJ Clarifies Story About Online E-Cig Sales Ban
An article published last week in the Wall Street Journal got the electronic cigarette industry and community pretty concerned that the FDA would be banning the sale of electronic cigarettes online sometime very soon. It turns out now that the article was a little misleading and perhaps jumped the gun.
A clarification published later in the day said that the FDA hadn’t discussed the possibility with any e-cig industry people the way the article had suggested. It sounds like the FDA probably had a minor freak out over the issue as it might suggest that it was disclosing non-public information through inappropriate channels.
The article itself may still suggest what the FDA hopes to do in the future, but as we said, the FDA still has a lot of process to go through to implement that kind of legislation. Announcing the intention is only step one.
More information is likely to be available soon. According to an announcement from e-cig consumer advocacy CASAA, it is scheduled to participate in a listening session with the FDA to find out more. CASAA even told its members to hold off on berating the FDA about the announcement until it’s more official.
According to the FDA, the proposed regulations that the Wall Street Journal article concerned will not be made public until October.