As you, our loyal reader have noticed, we have taken a break from blogging since Christmas. This was due to time constraints among other personal reasons. However our business continues to thrive as we offer some of the best electronic cigarette kits and e-liquid on the market. But with spring here we decided it is time to get our blog current once again and help spread the word about electronic cigarettes and combat the always present misinformation from opponents.
Since Christmas not much has happened on the FDA front. They continue to be told that electronic cigarettes are not new drugs / drug delivery devices absent any therapeutic claims and the FDA continues to try to find a way to push them into the pharmaceutical realm. However one recent development may be a sign that the FDA has a much broader philosophy on reduced harm tobacco products in general. According to the Washington Post the FDA told Star Scientific 2 dissolvable tobacco products are not subject to tobacco regulation.
It seems unlikely that the FDA would give these “melt in your mouth” nicotine-containing products a free pass, so what is their angle? Based on current regulation and law it would seem the only other avenue to regulate these products is as a new drug that helps users quit smoking; i.e. a pharmaceutical product. This apparently flies in the face of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which gave the FDA jurisdiction to regulate tobacco products. A FDA spokesperson said, “Yes they are absolutely tobacco products under the definition, but when we get into the manufacturing process that’s where we are hamstrung because it’s absolutely proprietary information,”
What does that even mean? I doubt the FDA knows. But in any case it appears that the electronic cigarette is not the only nicotine containing product that the FDA wants to keep out of the tobacco product jurisdiction. Time will tell if the FDA has a larger agenda to scratch the reduced harm category altogether and lump those products in with the currently available quit smoking pharmaceuticals.