FDA Wanted to Ban E-Liquid Flavors – and They Still Might!

Original draft of deeming regs removed all flavors except tobacco.

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Banned FDA Flavors in E-Liquids

The FDA planned to remove flavored e-liquids from the market as part of its deeming regulations, announced on May 5. The original draft of the regulations called for all flavored products to be eliminated 90 days after the August 8 effective date. The “redline” version of the regulations shows all changes made at the White House after receiving the original draft.

The published version of the deeming rule gives all newly deemed products a two-year grace period during which manufacturers can submit applications to continue being sold. Once the rule goes into effect, on August 8, FDA is free to impose additional restrictions. It isn’t at all impossible that the agency could act to restrict flavors at that point.

The White House Office of Management and Budget made the changes during the review period before the regulations were announced. The FDA claimed the restriction was important because “tobacco products with characterizing flavors, including menthol but excluding tobacco flavor, were attractive to young people.”

Vapers Who Quit Smoking with Flavors Are Just Anecdotes

E-Liquids Flavors FDA

The FDA offered several pages of evidence it claims justify eliminating flavors, supposedly reacting to “a dramatic rise in youth and young adult use of typically flavored tobacco products, like e-cigarettes and waterpipe tobacco, and continued youth and young adult use of cigars.” The FDA rejected the vaping industry’s assertion that flavors are important in helping smokers separate themselves from smoking, saying evidence for that claim “is thus far largely anecdotal.”

Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, wasted no time slamming the White House for the decision. In a statement issued Tuesday, Myers said, “It is deeply disappointing that the White House missed this opportunity to protect our nation’s children by deleting this provision to remove candy- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars from the market. It is inexplicable that OMB did so given the overwhelming scientific evidence the FDA provided to support removing these kid-friendly products from the market and the compelling case the FDA made.”

“Given this evidence that flavored tobacco products are luring young people into nicotine addiction, the FDA and the White House should immediately issue a follow-up rule to do exactly what the FDA proposed and remove all flavored tobacco products from the market. When the FDA issued its rule on May 5, the agency said it planned to engage in additional rule-making to extend the current ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes to include flavored cigars. The FDA must move forward immediately, and its proposal must be strengthened to include e-cigarettes and end the use of menthol in all tobacco products.”

The FDA Will Never Approve a Flavored E-Liquid

Myers is a long time opponent of vaping, and is well aware that a de facto ban on flavored e-liquid would effectively cripple the independent vapor products companies that are the heart of the vaping industry. Unfortunately, his opinion carries a lot of weight in Washington. His call to ban flavors will be echoed by many anti-vaping legislators, and other pharma-funded “health groups.”

Vapers and especially e-liquid vendors need to see this story as additional evidence that the FDA has no intention of using its authority to responsibly regulate the vapor market. Put simply, the FDA is instituting restrictions aimed at wiping this industry out. No one should harbor any illusion that a premarket tobacco application for a flavored e-liquid will ever be approved by this agency. The only chances we have are to fight this assault by insisting Congress amend the Tobacco Control Act to reign in the FDA, and challenging the rule in court.

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Jim McDonald
I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.
  • Clayton Moneymaker
    • Jim McDonald

      Not sure what you’re asking. This is a Reuters story on the same topic.

    • andiwwjd

      The media is bought and paid for by the establishment and you are wasting your time listing to them. You’re told what they want you to hear; nothing more.

  • Clayton Scogin

    Thank you for clarifying the articles I have read as of late.

    • Jim McDonald

      Thanks for reading and replying!

  • Mark Ohannes

    Time to Ban The Fed! And there 1.1 Trillion Per year Approved Deadly Medications. One to many Lobbyists In the Chicken Coop of Stupidity. Lubing One to many Abolitionist’s. Millions of Lies. As Long as they get a Power from our current Captain of Stupidity in the 0val office.
    BTY: He is a Chain Smoker to de Max~!! Stupid and also a Hippocrap!

  • andiwwjd

    How do we stop these [email protected]? My trips to the local e-juice shop are more and more ominous. She can no longer tell me anything, she can’t let me try anything, the stuff she’s making herself has no flavor, and the old stuff, like Nutty Puffesor can’t even be bought online and she’s running out of it and is constantly trying to talk me into the home made crap. The e-cigs I used to buy; the cartridges used to last close to 2 days, now they last half a day. I went to another e-juice store and they’re mixing their own crap too. It smells great but tastes horrible. I know the gov’ment is losing money on the tobacco industry but that’s their [email protected] problem, not mine!

    • Jim McDonald

      I’m not sure what to say about your local stores not carrying liquid you like. Buy online instead? That doesn’t have anything to do with the FDA.