New FDA Bombshell
You dropped a bomb on me, baby, you dropped a bomb on me… This morning, a little ray of sunshine peeked its head through the thick clouds of a cloud competition. That little ray of sunshine was in the form of a man, a man who goes by the name of Scott Gottlieb. Yes, the same government agency that wanted to shut vaping down all together has seemed to change its tune. A little. If you haven’t seen it blasted all over social media by now, the FDA dropped a press release this morning that gave some props to vaping and threw a little bit of shade towards big tobacco. Here’s one of the direct quotes from the report, “The FDA is committed to encouraging innovations that have the potential to make a notable public health difference and inform policies and efforts that will best protect kids and help smokers quit cigarettes.” That’s us!
The FDA didn’t come right out and say that vaping was the best thing since sliced bread though. But, they did say that they would give the vaping community more time to meet the FDA’s requirements. They ended up giving us a whole 5 years and 12 days, from today, before the next deadline. Five years is a long time, but it will come quicker than we think. The FDA also shared some other good news. This is another direct quote from the report, “To complement these larger policy considerations, the FDA plans to issue foundational rules to make the product review process more efficient, predictable, and transparent for manufacturers, while upholding the agency’s public health mission.” Now , what does this mean exactly. We don’t really know for sure, but it sounds like they’re going to try and make things a little bit easier for us.
Don’t get too excited though, we still have a lot of work to do. As a member of this community I’ve seen first hand how great it is. I’ve also been to the darkside and witnessed “cool guy vapers” who think it’s awesome to blow clouds into your mom’s face at a Buckcherry concert. Sorry for the miniature rant. What I mean to say is that we need to start becoming a tighter organized group, with tattoos. Let’s bring those “cool guy vapers” into the fold and make them productive members of vaping society. If we don’t start really organizing in these next 5 years and show the government that were not just a bunch of cloud and trick comp champions, it could be all over again.
Here’s the link to the FDA’s press release if you want to check it out. - Click Here
Kevin Simpson - Beard enthusiast, resident wordsmith, proud dog parent and a solid vape dude.