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Surgeon general criticised and praised over youth vaping report

9 December, 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s report on the use of e-cigarettes by young people has drawn both criticism and praise. Representatives of the industry claimed the report ignored the benefits e-cigarettes can provide to those trying to avoid cigarettes, while medical groups and other organisations praised it and its call
for action.

West Virginia politician is latest to contest deeming rule in court

19 June, 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
West Virginia
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing another legal challenge to its new deeming regulation on e-cigarettes. Filed in the Southern District of West Virginia on 10th June, the action was taken by Larry W. Faircloth, a Republican member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates who is described as a user of e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine.

Washington reaction: “mystery chemicals” and “over-reach”

6 May, 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Several members of Congress welcomed what they view as a long-overdue rule by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes, but the initial responses also provided another opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to show how divided they are when it comes to adding new federal oversight.

U.S. transportation secretary finally bans e-cigs on planes

3 March, 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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United States
Washington D.C.
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Regulatory news analysis

U.S. transportation secretary Anthony Foxx announced a final rule Wednesday to ban the use of e-cigarettes on all commercial flights in the U.S., aiming to avoid confusion over the legal position. “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to electronic cigarette aerosol that occurs when electronic cigarettes are used on board […]

E-liquid marketing “uses candy and cereal brands misleadingly”

24 December, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Nine Democratic senators in the U.S. have urged a federal agency to investigate e-liquid sellers for deceptively advertising their products using recognisable brand names of candy, breakfast cereals and other foods and drinks.

“Leaked deeming regulations” raise questions, offer few answers

29 October, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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United States
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
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Regulatory news analysis

An e-cigarette industry association this week claimed to be in possession of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s forthcoming deeming regulations, but the provenance and authenticity of the brief excerpts that it published remain unclear.

Obama names deputy commissioner Califf to head FDA

16 September, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

United States
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

U.S. president Barack Obama has chosen Rob Califf, currently the deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to head up the agency.

Leno bill dies in California; grandfathering change survives

10 July, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

California
North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

There was good news for e-cig advocates on both coasts of the U.S. this week, as a Congressional committee in Washington waved through proposed legislation that would exempt many e-cigarettes from aspects of the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations, while another committee in California effectively killed a bill that would have banned vaping in most public places and formally equated e-cigs with tobacco.

U.S. could set more recent date for grandfathering of e-cigs

1 May, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress which could give e-cigarettes a much more recent “grandfathering” date when federal regulations are introduced, meaning that many established products would not be subject to the new rules.

FDA struggling to complete deeming regulations by June?

22 April, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The much-anticipated “deeming regulations” giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over e-cigarettes should be ready by their June deadline – but could still be delayed, the agency’s head has said.

FDA’s Zeller: youth figures don’t prove the gateway hypothesis

22 April, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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United States
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Newly published data showing a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among U.S. children does not answer the question of whether e-cigs are a gateway into tobacco smoking, a key Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said this week.

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Hamburg: deeming regulations will be published in June

16 March, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is committed to a June release of its long-awaited – and some claim much-delayed – deeming regulations on e-cigarettes and other tobacco-related products, the agency’s departing commissioner assured senators last week.

FDA’s departing commissioner praised, censured on e-cigs

10 March, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

Maryland
North America
United States
Washington D.C.
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

In her final days as head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Margaret Hamburg is receiving accolades from Republicans and Democrats alike on her six years in what many call one of the toughest jobs in government.

FAA says air passengers must carry, not check, their e-cigs

26 January, 2015 - Business news analysis , Regulatory news analysis |

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Denmark
EU
Europe
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
North America
Norway
Poland
Sweden
United States
Companies
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Business news analysis
Regulatory news analysis

Are e-cigs and other tobacco substitutes welcome on passenger planes? Are they a danger, an infringement of near-universal strict rules against in-flight smoking, or a benign product that passengers might appreciate?

Mandatory child-proofing: senator Nelson tries again

14 January, 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Still unsure exactly who derailed his child-proofing legislation late last year, U.S. senator Bill Nelson is trying again to persuade Congress that it should mandate safety packaging for the liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes.

Could Republicans’ triumph mean a gentler ride for e-cigs?

6 November, 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

Republicans’ historic victory this week in taking the U.S. mid-term elections’ big prize – control of the Senate – could have a significant impact on the e-cigarette industry’s relationship with Congress, as power shifts to a party renowned for its traditional stance against what it considers burdensome regulations on business.

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FDA lambasted over comments process, inaction on flavours

18 May, 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing requests to extend the public comment period on its proposal to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, a senior FDA official told a a key U.S. Senate committee on Thursday, drawing a decidedly mixed response from the panel’s top Democrat and Republican alike.

Obama’s choice for health job is pushed for view on flavours

9 May, 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Public Health and Medicine
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory news analysis

A Republican senator this week used a hearing on president Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to raise concern that flavourings were omitted from federal proposals to regulate e-cigarettes.

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U.S. senators bid to ban vaping in the corridors of D.C. power

8 May, 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulatory news analysis

The world’s most powerful deliberative body has been asked to decide a question that sounds both simple and modern: to vape or not to vape. But leading Democrats – whose party currently holds power in the U.S. Senate – are once again discovering just how deliberative that august body can be.

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D.C. reaction: age rules praised, tolerance of flavours criticised

24 April, 2014 - Business news analysis , Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Business news analysis
Regulatory news analysis

Key Democratic members of Congress on Thursday eagerly welcomed the long-delayed proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to extend the agency’s regulatory authority over the e-cigarette industry and other tobacco products, while Republican law-makers remained more muted.

Could EU directive be a model
for U.S. treatment of e-cigs?

16 April, 2014 - Business news analysis , Regulatory news analysis |

EU
Europe
United States
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Business news analysis
Regulatory news analysis

The European Parliament’s new rules on e-cigarettes in the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) have grabbed the attention of key members of the U.S. Senate, generating mixed reactions on whether it should influence the efforts of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the products.