Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CASAA Podcast Update November 9, 2015

CASAA's Jan Johnson and Alex Clark discuss legislative- and advocacy-related matters of current interest to CASAA members and THR (tobacco harm reduction) advocates.

0:30 - FDA deeming regulations - There is a genuinely beneficial level of regulation that would be good for consumers and industry, but this is not it. We’re not talking about product standardards, or labeling, or banning sales to minors. What we’re talking about is millions of dollars to file a PMTA which has little chance of being approved by FDA. This type of regulation will completely destroy the diverse vapor industry.

2:50 - Tulsa, OK - Alex will be attending the VCC event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Feel free to stop by and get more information about CASAA, deeming regulations, state law issues, and advocacy in general.

5:40 - OMB/OIRA - Final deeming regulations are now with OIRA for review. OIRA is concerned with, among other things, the financial impact. Consumers should consider how many different products they use--different liquids in different brands/flavors/nicotine strengths, different devices--every single one of those different products is going to have to go through FDA’s premarket tobacco application process (PMTA). Each product will require hundreds of thousands of dollars (or perhaps millions) to file a PMTA with no assurance that it will be approved. Last year, CASAA issued a Call to Action asking consumers to let the FDA know how many products you use to help quantify the economic impact of the proposed regulations (and FDA’s gross underestimation of the number of products on the market). SFATA has issued industry guidance for meeting with OIRA.

9:00 - Call the White House - Continue calling to share your views.

10:00 - Cook County, IL - Local Alert for Cook County (taxing e-cigarettes) is still active.

10:50 - Chicago, IL - 55 cents a milliliter tax on e-liquid. There may still be a very small opportunity to affect the budget, so continue to be engaged with your lawmakers.

13:05 - St Paul, MN - Expect to issue a Local Alert this week for Ordinance 15-57, which would ban the sale of flavored vapor products and flavored tobacco other than tobacco, menthol and wintergreen. There is an exemption for dedicated vape and tobacco shops, but no exemption for convenience stores where smokers often first are exposed to vapor products. (Editor’s note: Local Alert issued 11-11-15.)

14:50 - Deeming regulations - Rumor that flavored products will only be given 6 months to file a PMTA (as opposed to a two-year period for other products). This would be a serious blow and accelerate the destruction of the diverse vapor industry. Regarding the industry guidance and final deeming regulations TVECA claims to have, FDA has made a statement that it has not authorized the release of those documents. One senator is demanding an investigation regarding the leak. General discussion of grandfather date, PMTA and importance of the Call to Action for HR 2058. Contact your legislators and let them know how important this issue is to you!

24:30 - Utah - Vapers/Utah Smoke-free Association has issued a Call to Action. Deadline for comments is November 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. If you live in Utah or do business in Utah, please participate in the Call to Action.

27:00 - General discussion of CASAA's state-level advocacy efforts and how we draw on, and reply upon, the resources and hard work of state organizations.

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