Will The Trump Administration Turn Back Federal Vaping Laws?

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Will The Trump Administration Turn Back Federal Vaping Laws?

Donald Trump’s unexpected election in November and his pledge to reduce federal regulations on businesses have given the e-cigarette industry hope that the new administration will favor rolling back vaping laws and regulations on the devices, erasing all the huge strides made recently by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

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In a report released to the public on December 8, 2016, Surgeon General Murthy called e-cigarettes an “emerging public health threat” for young people.

Shortly thereafter, the surgeon general created a website to make sure teens “Know the Risks of E-Cigarettes & Young People.

Besides explaining the basics of what an “e-cig” is, the Surgeon General warns teens about the use of “flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease” on the website.

The role of Surgeon General is a position appointed by the President.

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act expanded the role of Surgeon General to also act as the Chair of the National Prevention Council, which provides coordination and leadership among 20 executive departments with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion activities.

President Trump has not yet appointed his Surgeon General, but he has now signed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act which may limit the role of the Surgeon General.

This repeal and the promise of reducing federal regulations by President Trump has given hope to the tobacco lobby groups who want to delay implementation of the new rules in the short term and repeal the 2016 law that treats electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) like cigarettes in the long-term.

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Tobacco Product Regulation

In 2009, Congress gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to oversee all tobacco products, and the Tobacco Control Act that took effect in August 2016 brought e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah tobacco under existing rules that regulate cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

These rules require companies to:

  • Submit e-cigarettes and tobacco products introduced after February 2007 to the government for approval
  • List Electronic Nicontine Delivery Systems (ENDS) ingredients
  • Include health warnings on labels and in marketing materials

While health advocacy groups strongly favored the new rules because the potential health risks of e-cigarettes are still being studied, industry officials insisted that they would hurt small companies and stall business development.

Diacetyl lawsuits involving individuals harmed while working with flavorants made from Diacetyl continue to be filed and only time will tell if E-cigarette users who are heating flavorants containing diacetyl end up with similar serious lung diseases.

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

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In 2009, Jessie co-founded her own law firm with her husband – which has scaled to over 30 employees since its conception.

In 2016, Jessie founded TruLaw, which allows her to collaborate with attorneys and legal experts across the United States on a daily basis. This hypervaluable network of experts is what enables her to share reliable legal information with her readers!

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