FDA Friday, August 15

Hello everybody, and welcome to another edition of FDA Fridays, our run-around the web discussing issues at hand in relation to the recent FDA proposals to enact a de-facto ban on electronic cigarettes.

This week is a little bit quiet. There was a lot going on last week in the lead-up to the August 8th submission deadline for public comments, and we very much hope you submitted yours! In order to preserve these comments for future research and to prevent them from getting lost in the shuffle, CASAA has recommended that vapers register their comment with them. This will help CASAA more effectively advocate for vapers and also provide important information about electronic cigarette use for anyone who’s interested. Check out the details here.

If you’re interested in seeing what some very invested pro-vaping advocates have written to the FDA, please check out the comments I linked to earlier this week. They’re all quite interesting, and quite erudite.

An August 13th survey of physicians in North Carolina has found that over 2/3ds of physicians in the state endorse electronic cigarettes as an effective smoking cessation method. Despite all the misinformation circulating, it is evident that practitioners who interact with patients trying to quit smoking agree electronic cigarettes are as effective as consumers like us understand them to be.

Speaking of misinformation, this article provides a great example of how poorly-performed science can be used to underestimate the effectiveness and safety of vaping while simultaneously overestimating its effects on public health. The key, apparently, is to make a series of insane assumptions that have no bearing whatsoever on reality, and then to avoid peer review. One now wonders how many other articles maligning electronic cigarettes may have done the same thing. Probably a lot.

Following the money once more, India’s ITC Group has recently decided to expand into the electronic cigarette market in order to stabilize their traditional cigarette business, confirming that vaping is indeed the way of the future.

A recent article on time.com, although largely detail-free and of little interest, reminds us that electronic cigarettes not only threaten big tobacco, but also that “E-cigarettes are shaking up the pharmaceutical industry.” Those of us who harbor any doubts about why the opposition to electronic cigarettes is so virulent would do well to remind ourselves that our decision to put our own health in our own hands puts the profit margins of two major industries at risk. Canada’s National Post seems to agree.

Sometimes, the only difference between sense and nonsense is the quality of argumentation and information people use to make arguments. It continues to be clear that the FDA is being suspiciously opaque with their logic, if not with their intentions. Other countries and industries, however, because they do not have to misrepresent their plans, can express what’s really going on with greater clarity. Let’s hope our comments have an effect, and I’ll see you all next week!

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