Friday, August 8th the FDA comment period closed, which had given electronic cigarette advocates a platform to voice their opinions on the proposed FDA ruling. The FDA has yet to announce when they will make a final ruling about e-cigarettes, which leaves more time and opportunities for consumers to state their countering arguments. The concern groups against electronic cigarettes have with pro-electronic cigarettes in this case, of which is certainly to be addressed in the FDA’s ruling, surrounds the way companies are marketing and advertising e-cigarettes to the public. They think that flavored e-cigarettes, especially, will attract children and non-smokers to their product and get them hooked on unnecessary nicotine.
Several General Attorneys from various states throughout the country are asking for the FDA to restrict flavors of e-cigarettes, as well as restrict the marketing and advertising campaigns as if the products were regular cigarettes. The attorneys state that if flavors are not limited to only tobacco and menthol, the result will be larger number of kids and non-smokers wanting to use e-cigarettes and try out the ‘fun’ flavors.
Smart Smoke e-cigarettes are made and designed for current tobacco users who are looking for an alternative to traditional tobacco. They do not allow the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 18, and will turn away anyone who is not a current tobacco user.
The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is conducting a survey within the vaping community in regards to these topics. They wish to organize and collect comments and send them directly to the FDA. With this information, CASAA would be able to present strong data to the media and Congress in disproving the concerns set before them. Completing this survey will greatly help the CASAA bring more awareness of the benefits of e-cigarettes. When done with the survey, please upload it to any vaping circles you belong to on: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, or vaping forums.
If you would like to take part in this survey follow the link below, and post to your social media circles afterwards.