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VTA Commends Senators Cole and Bishop For Industry Saving Legislation

By CHRIS MELLIDES

The Vapor Technology Association’s (VTA) Executive Director Tony Abboud is in agreeance with Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA), and commended them for their introduction of a piece of bipartisan legislation that aims to change the predicate date, or grandfather date, which relegated what products were to remain on the market as of August 8 last year.

The Deeming Regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) represented a “one-size-fits-all approach” that according to a press release issued by the VTA, “unfairly categorizes vapor products as tobacco, creating a regulatory regime…,” one that is “so onerous that only Big Tobacco will have the resources to survive.”

In the face of a growing body of scientific evidence that shows vapor products to be substantially less harmful than combustible tobacco, the newly-proposed legislation released by Cole and Bishop dubbed, the ‘FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017’ is a home run for an industry that employs thousands and stands to save a nation of millions of smokers seeking a less harmful alternative to cigarettes.

Tony Abboud, Executive Director of the Vapor Technology Association (VTA) | Photo Courtesy of the Vapor Technology Association.

This bipartisan bill, if signed into law, will save small and mid-size vape shops by amending the grandfather date from February 15, 2007 “to the effective date of the final deeming regulations.” And according to VTA spokesperson Gregory Conley, the law would also save many that have tried to quit smoking using conventional Nicotine Replacement Treatment (NRT) methods—like the gum, patches, lozenges and bunk pills like Chantix—which, oddly, is FDA approved.

The proposed bill also addresses product safety, limiting vapor product advertising to adult-oriented publications, battery safety and also requiring face-to-face sales, “thereby banning self-service displays and vending machines, except at age-restricted venues.”

To learn more about the Vapor Technology Association (VTA), visit www.vaportechnology.org

Chris Mellides is the Managing Editor of VAPE Magazine. A seasoned journalist, he has worked in all areas of the media industry since first getting his start in newspaper reporting. Contact him at chris@vapemz.com and visit his site at www.chrismellides.com