I was wondering where the videos played at today's hearing came from. The answer is the "Truth" Initiative.
Truth could have chosen not to publish the video where a college student falsely claims vaping isn't safer than smoking, but spreading misinformation is the point.
.@CongressmanRaja alongside representatives including @RepPressley held a hearing today on addressing the youth vaping epidemic. Young voices like these amplify why @FDATobacco should act to fully regulate all e-cigarette products.
This is exactly what the reality-based community predicted. https://twitter.com/phil_w888/status/1407483906467696643
On SA cig sales ban: 'The unavailability of cigarettes gave rise to cigarette sharing hence assuring the transmission of disease. Thus, sharing cigarettes becoming a behavioral risk factors that drove TB and COVID-19 infection during the lockdown period.'
The question becomes: will the FDA give definitive answers to the largest vaping companies in the country while leaving every other smaller competitor on the market without an answer, and further delays? Why will the agency only give complete certainty to the largest businesses? https://twitter.com/gregthr/status/1407718792646610944
Woodcock in reference to the five companies with the highest market share: "I will commit to do everything I can to make sure that we have reviewed and finished all of the high market share company applications" by September.
Often ignored by anti-vaping activists is the balancing act between discouraging experimentation by youth against both the economic and health benefits of the existence of the vaping industry for everyone else. The Tobacco Control Act requires the FDA to consider all factors. https://twitter.com/gregthr/status/1407716896967962631
For the first time during the hearing, @RepFredKeller from Pennsylvania asks a question about how FDA is protecting youth while also taking into account small mom and pop operations across the country.
Today's hearing on youth vaping is well-intended, but it clearly seeks to strong-arm @FDATobacco to peremptorily ban many #ecig products by subverting its science-based regulatory review process. My testimony urges Congress not to politicize the process: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16iZPFGcgugy-rzOIEz8PU7GkDuMEagMg/view?usp=sharing https://twitter.com/OversightDems/status/1407684872932573190
HAPPENING SOON: At 10 AM, Subcommittee Chair @CongressmanRaja will demand answers from FDA Commissioner Woodcock regarding the youth #vaping epidemic and search for solutions to address this nationwide health issue.
Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Ranking Member @RepCloudTX opened today’s hearing on vaping by outlining the importance of preventing youth from accessing e-cigarettes while maintaining access for adults seeking to wane themselves from tobacco & cigarette addictions.
So, apparently this whole hearing is about @CongressmanRaja trying to put political pressure on the FDA to make the "right" decisions when doing *scientific evaluations.*
This is starting now.
@CongressmanRaja of course starts by urging FDA to not authorized any flavored or 'high nicotine' products.
@RepCloudTX encourages FDA to protect youth and take a serious look at the science on vaping for smoking cessation.
Tomorrow, Oversight Dems will harangue Acting FDA Comm. Janet Woodcock for not acting fast enough to ban stuff.
Why in the world is Senator Durbin invited and Mitch Zeller is not? It's almost as if the Chairman doesn't really care about the reg process.