By John Wiesehan, Jr., CEO of Mistic Electronic Cigarettes
In April, after years of anticipation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its proposed rules for e-cigarettes.
Some of the deeming regulations include banning sales to minors and requiring e-cigarette makers to list ingredients on their products and provide warning labels about the effects of nicotine. In fact, Mistic already has taken many of the steps that would be required under the deeming process.
Early reviews seem to suggest that the FDA is taking a cautious and sensible approach to regulating e-cigarettes, and from the vantage point of Mistic, that’s certainly the most prudent course of action on many fronts.
harsh restrictions based on misinformation and emotion are not the answer.
—John Wiesehan, Jr.
As one of the leading brands in the vaping industry, we have always been in favor of a reasonable regulatory framework that benefits both the consumer and this emerging industry.
If anything, federal regulation will help ensure that products are safe and meet certain criteria and we will comment further during the public comment period.
Some Washington lawmakers were disappointed by the FDA’s deeming regulations on e-cigs, and we respect those opinions.
However, harsh restrictions based on misinformation and emotion are not the answer, especially since e-cigarettes have become a significant alternative to smoking traditional tobacco, which has been documented to consist of a myriad of toxins and carcinogens.
What’s necessary going forward is for the FDA to continue evaluating e-cigarettes with a science-based approach to its regulatory framework, and not embrace any prohibitionist agendas based on wild speculation or guilt by association. Simply put, common sense is the key.
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