Thursday, January 14, 2016

Call to Action! Support HR 2058 which would change the grandfather date for vapor products

Updated - 05.18.16

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Original Post - (updated) 10.18.15

The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (HR 2058), introduced by Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, would save the U.S. vapor industry from being destroyed by improper regulations by the FDA. This bill would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to change the grandfather date for “deemed tobacco products.” This change would allow for most vapor products currently on the market to remain on the market without being subject to the burdensome (read: prohibitive) pre-market FDA approval application process.

While CASAA maintains the position that a separate regulatory scheme should be developed for vapor products*, we are proud to support HR 2058.

We are asking consumers to express strong support for HR 2058 and urge your representatives to cosponsor this bill.

If you have already taken action, please print out our flyer and ask if you can post it in your local/favorite vapor shop:

Update - 01.14.16

As HR 2058 gathers more co-sponsors, CASAA feels it is important for members living in those districts to take the opportunity to express some gratitude. A “Thank You” letter is a rare but very welcome event for lawmakers.

Please note: Thank You letters are restricted to residents living in districts represented by a Congressman that has signed on as a co-sponsor. If you would like to send a thank you letter to someone that has not sponsored HR 2058, please call them and ask them for their support.

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We are also asking members who are not residents in Representative Cole’s district to send a written letter by traditional means. You can print out our pre-written letter here. We have provided the mailing address to his Washington, DC office below. As usual, you are encouraged to write your own letter adding your personal story, but feel free to copy ours.

Rep. Tom Cole
2467 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6165
Fax: (202) 225-3512

(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

*Although CASAA feels that moving the grandfather date to a point in time that will protect consumer access to the current variety of vapor products on the market is a step in the right direction, this is by no means an ideal solution. Consumers should keep in mind that if this Act is adopted by Congress, innovations in safety, quality, and variety of devices and liquids essentially will be frozen at the time the FDA deeming regulation is finalized. Moreover, this change in the grandfather date will not exempt manufacturers from registering their products with the FDA, a process that will still remove a large number of vapor products from the market. CASAA maintains the position that a separate regulatory scheme should be developed for this product category.

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