VTA Goes to Washington

Vapor Technology Association

Members of the Vapor Technology Association traveled to Capitol Hill in support of the Cole-Bishop Appropriations Amendment.

Vapor Technology Association members are backing the Cole-Bishop Appropriations Amendment, legislation that would provide much-needed regulation of vapor products as the new technology that they are rather than the tobacco products that they are not, says Tony Abboud, the association’s national legislative director.

“There is no question that vapor products are a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes for thousands of adult consumers in this country,” says Abboud.“While FDA’s recent rulemaking threatens to eliminate them entirely from the market, the Cole-Bishop Amendment takes the responsible approach by preserving the industry, while implementing commonsense regulations that will protect youth and ensure the safety of consumers.”

In June, VTA members and small business owners from across the United States traveled to Capitol Hill in support of the amendment, which would:

Save small and mid-size vapor businesses: By amending the “predicate date” from February 15, 2007 to the effective date of the final deeming regulations, the Cole-Bishop amendment will literally keep thousands of small and mid-size businesses, and their tens of thousands of employees, in business.

Save lives: Vapor products have gained widespread consumer acceptance amongst smokers who have tried unsuccessfully over the years to quit. “The Royal College of Physicians just completed a comprehensive review of science and concluded that e-cigarettes are no more than 5 percent as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes,” notes Abboud.

Address the issue of product safety: The Cole-Bishop Amendment requires the FDA to implement their rulemaking on product standards for batteries within 12 months.

Protect youth: The Cole-Bishop Amendment will restrict youth marketing and youth access to vapor products by limiting newspaper, magazine or other print advertising of vapor products to adult publications; requiring face-to-face sales, thereby banning self-service displays and vending machines, except at age-restricted venues; and requiring the FDA to issue labeling regulations within 12 months. Those labeling rules would require warnings, such as “Keep Out of Reach of Children” and “Underage Sale Prohibited,” as well as accurate nicotine content.

Give the federal government the ability to enforce the law: The Cole-Bishop amendment requires retailers to register their establishment, unless the retailer already is required to register under a state law or federal law.