Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
June 30, 2015

FDA E-Cig Regulations Disappoint Democrats, Cheer Industry

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Several Democratic lawmakers who have pushed for the FDA to draft e-cig regulations to treat the electronic cigarettes like their traditional counterparts aren’t happy.

A group led by Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and House Energy and Commerce Ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of California had issued a report last week blasting marketing practices by the e-cig industry.

Durbin and Waxman argued in a conference call last week that the Food and Drug Administration could use existing legal authority to treat the electronic products like tobacco. The FDA’s proposed regulations released today stops well short of that, although it would ban the sale of the product to children.

“Today, after years of waiting for the FDA to act, we are extremely disappointed by its failure to take comprehensive action to prevent e-cigarette companies from continuing to deploy marketing tactics aimed at luring children and teenagers into a candy-flavored nicotine addiction. Prohibiting sales of these products to minors is a positive step, but it isn’t enough,” a group of report backers said Thursday. “As long as e-cigarette companies continue to take pages from Big Tobacco’s old and cynical marketing playbook, our children will remain vulnerable to the grave dangers of nicotine addiction.”

The statement came from Sens. Durbin, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jack Reed of Rhode Island.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., joined the statement on the House side.

An electronic cigarette trade group responded much more positively than either the Durbin-Waxman group or the American Heart Association.

“It will take some time to analyze the potential impact of these proposed rules in a meaningful way. However, it is our long-held position that common sense regulation should restrict underage access while treating electronic cigarettes as a distinct new technology — one that is radically different from combustible cigarettes,” Electronic Cigarette Industry Group President and CEO Eric Criss said in his own statement. “To the extent FDA has taken such an approach, we believe this proposal is potentially a step in the right direction.”

Comments (3)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Norman Gates

    April 24, 2014
    1:45 p.m.


    This could possibly be the most IMPORTANT Google Hangout in history. Tell your friends and family to attend. We will be presenting on the hottest topic in the world: cannabidiol (CBD). Register today! This is free information from experts in their field.

    The ninth annual Herb Day will take place Saturday, May 3, 2014. Herb Day is an international celebration of herbs and herbal products that are packed with events aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and well-being into our daily lives. We celebrate herbs’ use in food, beverages, medicine, beauty products, and crafts, along with the art of growing and gardening with herbs. #HempVap #OccupyHemp

  2. Adam Smith

    April 27, 2014
    4:16 p.m.

    In this related YouTube video we find the least popular Congressional leader, Harry Reid, obstructing funds for children with cancer:

  3. Uncle Rex

    April 28, 2014
    9:49 a.m.

    Liberalism is juvenile nonsense.

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...