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President-elect Trump’s team is being urged to kill new Food and Drug Administration rules that threaten to snuff out the e-cigarette business and rob chain-smokers of an alternative to ending their habit.
By Paul Bedard | December 12th, 2016
In a letter to Vice President-elect Pence, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and California Rep. Duncan Hunter said that the new regulations would eliminate the industry with fees of up to $1 million per product. Typically, vaping operations produce dozens of products, mostly different flavors of vapor.
“If the FDA’s overreach goes unchecked, then thousands of jobs and small businesses will disappear,” the Republicans wrote in a letter sent Monday and provided to Secrets.
The “burdensome” rules, they added, would also “potentially hurt the public’s health by making it harder for consumers to access products that serve as an alternative to smoking,” they wrote.
Johnson, newly reelected and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cited a local firm, Johnson Creek Vapor Company, that makes dozens of e-liquids for e-cigarettes. The company told him that the rule would be “catastrophic.”
What’s more, Johnson said that “if the FDAs overreach goes unchecked, then thousands of jobs and small businesses will disappear.” Johnson has long questioned the FDA rules on vaping.
Trump and Pence have vowed to revisit many Obama-era regulations and trim some, especially those that are considered job killers.
Johnson, meanwhile, has outlined his own agenda to target recently approved regulations that are too costly and threaten jobs. In the letter the duo wrote, “On November 8, the American people voiced their disapproval of the type of government that ignores the input of small business owners, consumers and job creators. We are hopeful that through both executive and legislative action, burdensome regulations imposed by the Obama administration will be reexamined and undone.”
Their letter is likely to win applause in the industry which has been warning of FDA’s rules. The industry played a role in the election, fighting candidates who backed the regulations.