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The FDA’s Formal Vaping Proposal Is Finally Here - Do You Support It?

Do you support the FDA's vaping proposal?

by Axios | Updated on 3.14.19

Countable says: Follow this link to submit comments on the FDA's vaping proposal.


After what seemed like a million incremental announcements, the Food and Drug Administration formally released its proposal yesterday to restrict the sale of flavored vape products, in the hopes of curbing their popularity among teens.

The big picture is pretty much what we expected: Physical stores must either keep out everyone younger than 18 or keep their e-cigarette supplies in a separate room inaccessible to underage customers. Online retailers must use age-verification tools.

What they're saying:

  • "They are picking winners and losers in the marketplace while handing a government monopoly to other channels of trade," the National Association of Convenience Stores said, per AP.
  • Some public-health advocates are also mad, criticizing the FDA for not banning flavored products outright, and for exempting mint and menthol flavors from its new rules. The agency said those flavors appeal primarily to adult smokers (though it's also planning to ban menthol cigarettes).
  • The American Lung Association, for one, said the FDA "continues to nibble around the edges."

How it works: The FDA doesn't have direct regulatory authority over convenience stores. Instead, the agency told e-cigarette makers that it could pull their products from the market unless they're sold under these new conditions.

What's next: The public will have 30 days to comment on the draft the FDA released today before it's finalized.

  • Don't be surprised if convenience stores challenge the policy in court, accusing the FDA of overstepping its legal authority and putting brick-and-mortar retailers at a unique disadvantage.

Go deeper: Tobacco use is soaring among U.S. kids, driven by e-cigarettes

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Make nicotine a schedule 1 drug and end the sale of it. There’s nothing good about it. If you are a smoker you know you should quit. SMOKERS ARE DRUG ADDICTS TOO. Everybody knows this so why are we still f’ing around? Big Tobacco’s money? Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 FDA VAPING PROPOSAL 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in full support of the FDA VAPING PROPOSAL that ALL Physical stores must either: 1). Keep out of their stores everyone younger than 18. 2). Or keep their e-cigarette supplies in a separate room inaccessible to underage customers. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻VAPING👎🏻👎🏻. 3*14*19.....

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  • Kimberly
    03/14/2019
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    Yes, let’s get this stopped!

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    SOLA DOSIS FACIT VENENUM! So here’s the thing about tobacco and marijuana and the comparison between nicotine and THC. Nicotine and THC are the “bad” drug part of the plant. The addictive part. The part that F’s up your brain. CBD is the is the “good” drug part of the marijuana plant, but there is no CBD equivalent in tobacco. Nicotine doesn’t have a good sister. But either way all this time we’ve been regulating these things wrong because we’re regulating the whole rather than the chemical which does the addictive damage. What needs to happen is nicotine, THC, and derivatives need to be regulated by percent content. Because 50 years ago marijuana was at its highest 1% THC content. What’s happening now with the legalization of marijuana in several states, what’s happened to tobacco in the past, and with the vaping now is the chemical concentrations and molecular configuration of the “bad drug” part of the delivery are made stronger. To increase the addiction quality... which increases and stabilizes the market… Which makes a lot of money for a very small subset of people. Big Marijuana (that’s real) is now following the same path that Big Tobacco took. They looked at the history and learned of their lesson, but the regulators haven’t. You can buy in some shops 99% pure THC. And these Vape and tobacco brands have chemically re-organized their nicotine so that it delivers a more massive dose. If you have ever smoked wild tobacco, it is a totally different experience from the stuff you buy at the gas station. And it’s the same with marijuana. The commercialization of those addictive chemicals has created a corporate profit motive for addiction causing these corporations to manipulate the percentage and delivery of the drug to the most addictive state. The purpose is to trap as many people and as much money as possible. What needs to be regulated is not plant, not the delivery mechanism, but the dose. The dose makes the poison. It’s a basic principle of toxicology. Regulate the dosage of the addictive chemical. That’s assuming you don’t have the balls to actually out right ban nicotine. Because there’s nothing good about smoking tobacco. There’s actually not much good about smoking anything, period. Smoke inhalation of any kind is bad for you, but at minimum CBD is also delivered with marijuana. Although with the other commercial products, it’s not even the most effective delivery anymore since CBD is fat soluble.

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  • Lionman
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    They probably need something stronger, but at least this is movement in the right direction.

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  • Marylynn
    03/15/2019
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    The FDA never should've approved the sale of these to begin with, period, end of story. But we all know that the FDA can and will be bought by big pharma, tobacco, etc. That's why we have all these toxic drugs on the market killing millions every day. Put an end to it now, remove this crap from the market and stores won't have to worry about where to store it.

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  • YesIVote
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Let people make choices for themselves. I remember in high school 8 years ago in an average suburban area of New York at least a quarter of my classmates used tobacco products. I'm not sure if my experience was different or if everyone else just forgot. Kids and people in general will always find a way to do stupid things. But if there is even a chance that these kids are going to vape and put water vapor in their lungs instead of tar, should we not just consider letting it be. We have been trained for years to hate nicotine, cigarettes and smoking and I think a lack of understanding is clouding most people's judgement on this issue.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Slavery, bloodletting, leaded wine...Just because we did it historically, doesn’t mean it is a good thing. How about we try living in the present with knowledge we have now?

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  • Ian
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    We shouldn’t take privileges from people because of a few bad apples. To say that fruity flavors target kids is assuming adults don’t enjoy fruit flavors. Simply card anyone who looks like they might not be old enough.

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    I’m with burrkitty. Smoking kills. Should be treated like the serious drug it is.

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  • Dan
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Dear Government, I don’t smoke, drink, vape, or anything that causes harm to my body....however...... Stay out of our business..... you are involved in stuff we don’t need or want you in..... spend the man hours on something that means something...we’re adults..... And to the adults, be parents and know what your kids are up to... It’s really not that hard.

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  • Kimberly
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Add a proposal that has some teeth. Tobacco and vaping are not adding value to anyone’s lives.

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  • David
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    It may seem strange for an ex-smoker to oppose this bill, but having been there is the very reason I do. Dealing with that addiction has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Nicotine is definitely addictive and more so than most other addictive substances. It needs to be listed and controlled as a schedule 1 drug. This proposal doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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  • Matthew
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    The federal government does not have the constitutional power to regulate a product like this, except when it crosses a state line, not at the point of purchase.

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  • Curt
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    While they allow us to be poisoned by GMO food. The FDA is a laugh.

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  • dawg
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    It's all about control.Thats not your job or the fda.

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Just another power grab. Inexcusable regulatory overreach. These "regulations" are de facto laws, which ONLY Congress had the authority to expand or alter.

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  • Walter
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Gosh, burrkitty, where is the proof of THC being addictive? Nicotine, I know is addictive. I’m an addict. Haven’t smoked in 42 years but, I know that it would only take one cigarette or cigar to get me going again. Ban, or strictly regulate, tobacco, if you can. Vaping as well. But money talks and tobacco has been commercialized since the 16th century. Get your facts straight before you advocate for such a broad subject.

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  • CatherineCampbell
    Voted Oppose
    03/14/2019
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    Smoking any nicotine products should be completely banned. Vaping even if it does not contain nicotine should also be banned since it sets the mindset that smoking is okay and those children and teenagers for Vaping are eventually going to try cigarettes. I am for the legalization of marijuana with hesitations regarding the fact that since it's similar to cigarette smoking that it may lead to cigarette smoking which we already know is hazardous to not only the smokers health but anyone who is around smokers. Let's get it done and over with tobacco is a national health emergency and it should be banned.

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  • Susan
    Voted Support
    03/15/2019
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    I support this only because it is better than doing nothing. We all know that nicotine is addictive and damages the health. It should be a schedule 1 drug and taken off the OTC market completely. Vaping provides 4 times the amount of nicotine as does smoking. Those under the age of majority should never have access to nicotine in any form.

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  • CommonSensePlease
    Voted Support
    03/14/2019
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    I support what it is trying to do. However the Government has been dancing around the tobacco issue for years. As an ex smoker, I can see the personal freedom side of this for adults, however trying to stop kids from starting down this road is a noble idea. Tobacco was an original cash crop of the colonies as was hemp. Interesting that both are still front page news.

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