FDA Now Soliciting Public Comments on E-cigarettes
The FDA is preparing to report to Congress on innovative products and treatments for tobacco dependence. eCigs HQ is urging e-cigarette users to add their voices to the dialogue. The public comment period ends on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.
Los Angeles, CA - January 14th, 2013 - eCigs HQ (www.ecigshq.com) , a user-centric website featuring unbiased e-cigarette reviews, industry news, coupon codes, special offers and exclusive discounts, is encouraging the general public to join the conversation on electronic smoking products by submitting their comments to the FDA during the soon-to-expire public comment period.
According to the latest information posted to regulations.gov, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period for the notice of public hearing … FDA requested comments on FDA consideration of applicable approval mechanisms and additional indications for nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), and input on a report to Congress examining the regulation and development of innovative products and treatments for tobacco dependence.”
It has been more than three years since the FDA released the results of its e-cigarette study. While the FDA has been thwarted by the courts in its efforts to regulate electronic smoking products as drug-delivery devices, they may soon regulate electronic cigarettes as “tobacco products” under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) of 2009.
“Despite their inability to perform basic functions like passing budgets, Congress is very good at two things – leveling new taxes and imposing new regulations. It is more likely than not that these hearings will result in electronic cigarettes being subjected to both,” said eCigs HQ editor, Anne Metzger.
“The nearly inevitable legislation and regulation that follow these hearings will no doubt shape U.S. policy on electronic smoking products for the foreseeable future,” added eCigs HQ editor, Laura Conzo Brady. She continued, “I cannot stress enough how absolutely crucial it is for smokers who’ve switched to e-cigarettes to make their voices heard. The window of opportunity to make a difference is closing quickly.”
To submit your comments on electronic smoking products to the FDA, please visit: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2012-N-1148-0011
The public comment period ends Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.
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