CPSC Sends Letters on Child-Resistant Packaging to Vapor Businesses

URGENT: CPSC HAS UPDATED THIS LETTER. READ OUR NEW BLOG POST BY CLICKING HERE. 

 

 

Vapor retailers and e-liquid manufacturers have started to receive letters from the U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission about planned surveillance of nicotine-containing e-liquids following the passage of the Child Nicotine Poison Prevention Act of 2015.

CSPC Letter

SFATA supported this bill and lobbied on behalf of this sensible regulation since 2013 and we praised the bill being signed into law by President Obama in January 2016.

“SFATA has always supported the use of child-resistant packaging,” said Cap O’Rourke, board president of SFATA. “Our members and many manufacturers have been voluntarily using child resistant packaging for years and this standard for child-resistant packaging for e-liquids would help the industry safeguard consumer interests, while continuing to offer adult smokers an important alternative to combustible cigarettes.”

In May, we hosted a webinar for our members on testing protocols with Lori Mitchell Dixon, PhD from Great Lakes Marketing Research and can be watched in the member-only section of our website. Manufacturers can also reference this report from Rock Bottom Bottles, LLC about their testing procedures for glass dropper bottles.

The letter says that all questions about the law and testing protocols for CPSC can be sent to Stephen Lee at 301-504-7844 or slee@cpsc.gov.

STATEMENT BY SFATA-CALIFORNIA REGARDING SAVE LIVES CALIFORNIA PROMOTING A UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON STUDY ABOUT TEEN EXPOSURE TO E-CIG ADVERTISING

Sacramento, May 25, 2016 — The California chapters of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade group representing and protecting the interests of the vapor industry, today issued the following statement regarding Save Lives California promoting a University of Texas study about the effects of teen exposure to e-cig advertising:

“This is just another disingenuous tactic from the ill-informed Save Lives California coalition only focused on taxing vapor products to fund their self-serving interests and replace lost revenue from cigarette taxes due to the dramatic waning of smoking consumption, which according the CDC, had its biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years.

“It is clear vapor products have played a large role in the elimination of smoking since nearly all vapers are former smokers. Vapor products are intended for adult use and research suggests that flavors primarily appeal to adult vapers and are vital to keeping these adults from returning to smoking.

“The study’s premise and data findings show no real results because teen use of e-cigs and smoking is actually declining. The National Institute of Health’s Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey found decreases in teen smoking and e-cig use between 2014 and 2015.

“Authors of the study, including Maria Cooper, Ph.D., should also be well aware that the FDA recently released its final stringent regulations on the marketing of e-cigs and vapor products that ban their sale to minors, force vapor companies to submit costly pre-market applications for each SKU, and require manufacturers to put warning labels on vapor products. California also approved a measure to equate all vapor products as tobacco, even non-nicotine products, and places even tougher restrictions for underage access at retailers and online.

“Focusing attention away from the fact that science has concluded that vapor products are more than 95 percent less harmful than smoking is a detriment to society and will not help reduce the public harm caused by combustible cigarettes. Furthermore, taxing vapor products like cigarettes is misguided and reckless, and will only lead smokers back to smoking.”

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1000 members and 27 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

Episode 6: U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Speaks with SFATA About FDA Deeming Reg

SFATA president and executive director, Cynthia Cabrera, speaks with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, who recently sent a letter to the FDA’s Commissioner Robert Califf raising concerns about the impact the final deeming regulations will have on the small businesses that make up the majority of the vapor industry.

SFATA-CALIFORNIA TO OPPOSE BALLOT INITIATIVE TO TAX VAPOR PRODUCTS AS TOBACCO

SACRAMENTO, May 16, 2016 — The California chapters of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the largest trade group representing the vapor industry, today issued the following statement regarding the “California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016,” a proposed ballot initiative introduced by the Save Lives California coalition to extend new cigarette “sin” taxes to vapor products:

“We will fight any ballot initiative that seeks to equate or tax vapor products like cigarettes at the ballot box this November. Proponents of this self-serving measure are driven more about money than protecting California’s public health due to the fact that tobacco tax revenues are declining as adult consumption rates continue to fall.

“The language of the initiative is misleading to voters by falsely implying that the harmful health effects of tobacco are similar to those of vapor products. Science has concluded that vapor products are considered more than 95 percent less harmful than combusted cigarettes, including a recent study from the Royal College of Physicians, one of the world’s leading medical associations, endorsing vaping as a harm reduction option.

“Taxing vapor products like cigarettes is misguided and reckless, and will only lead smokers back to smoking. Californians may never realize the full economic and public health benefits from vapor products if they continue to be confused with smoking. It is vital that California voters have a clear understanding of the serious and negative ramifications within this ballot initiative and that they understand the stark differences between vapor products and combustible cigarettes.”

About SFATA

Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with 1,000 members and 22 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.

SFATA’s Deeming Regulations Overview

Dear SFATA Member,

Last week, we held a member-only conference call to discuss the FDA’s deeming regulations. More than 700 people were on the call, but many missed parts or were unable to join us. Now you can listen to the conference call in the member-only section of our website.

You can now find our overview of the deeming regulations on our website. We heard from many of you that such a timeline was critical to your short-term and long-term business plans and we are glad to feature that is this summary. You can also read the final regualtions as published in the today’s Federal Register, the FDA’s guidance for small entity compliance “FDA Deems Certain Tobacco Products Subject to FDA Authority, Sales and Distribution Restrictions, and Health Warning Requirements for Packages and Advertisements,” and FDA’s draft guidance for submissions of PMTAs.

We are also looking for your input on potential legislative and litigation work SFATA may pursue. Many SFATA members and businesses in the industry have speculated about possible lawsuits being filed and what a comprehensive legislative strategy would entail. As SFATA considers these, we are looking for your thoughts on these possibilities and asking what you could commit to providing to these actions. Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions in our survey here.
All the best,
-SFATA