FDA 79 FR 23141 – Comment

In the Federal Register of April 25, 2014 (79 FR 23141), FDA published a proposed rule with a 75-day comment period (ending July 9, 2014) to request comments, including comments on FDA’s proposed options for regulation of cigars, regulatory approach to electronic cigarettes and other non-combustible tobacco products, pathways to market for proposed deemed tobacco products, and compliance dates for certain provisions, among other issues.

ADD YOUR COMMENT NOW – The Deadline to comment is August 8, 2014.

Click on this link: FDA 79 FR 23141 on Regulations.gov

My Comment:

I am adult PERSONAL VAPORIZER consumer and I am strongly against the FDA stepping in and regulating these products as anything even remotely linked to Tobacco products.

Personal vaporizers do NOT contain ANY tobacco whatsoever, so they can not be classified as a “tobacco” product.

I believe that the FDA should limit its overreach where PERSONAL VAPORIZERS are concerned because they have helped many people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, which contain harmful carbon monoxide, tar and any number of other harmful products.

As a former 35-year heavy smoker of tobacco cigarettes, I know how difficult it is to quit. I also know and feel the difference between inhaling a tobacco product that you have to light up, thereby inhaling tar and carbon monoxide.

When I inhale from my PERSONAL VAPORIZER, I am inhaling VAPOR, not smoke. I sincerely believe I inhale far worse just standing on a street corner with diesel tractor-trailers and buses flying by spewing out their black exhaust.

PERSONAL VAPORIZERS, in my opinion, and in how my lungs have cleared substantially; I no longer cough or wheeze, are a life-saver to many current smokers of tobacco products who need or want to quit for any number of reasons.

Although the manufacturers of these PERSONAL VAPORIZERS never advocate or promote their products as being quit smoking aids, thousands of people purchase them for that very reason. Many people use them in conjunction with a nicotine patch to help quit as well.

Honestly, as an educated person who used to work for a pharmaceutical consulting firm, it is beyond my common sense and logical comprehension how anyone can even think of just shoving PERSONAL VAPORIZERS into a “tobacco” classification because of the small amount of nicotine in the juice. I have far worse adverse reactions to CAFFEINE than I do to the small amount of nicotine in my VAPORIZER.

In fact, I’m not allowed to have any caffeine due to medical reasons, but caffeine is still on the market.

What the electronic PERSONAL VAPORIZER manufacturers have done is taken the concept of VAPORIZERS and minimized the equipment to make them personal and portable, much like taking a large desktop computer and making it a handheld iPod or tablet.

An element is heated, but not “lit up,” and converts the water-based juice into a VAPOR. It is not Smoke.

The vapor dissipates into the air quickly, unlike the exhaust fumes from a vehicle. Have you ever been behind a vehicle that’s burning oil?

In fact, you could hole yourself up in a sealed room and “vape” without having any adverse side effects and no “smoke” clouds. Try doing that with your car’s exhaust. Try doing that with a Tobacco cigarette.

The PERSONAL VAPORIZERS today are not unlike the home vaporizers parents use for their children when they have colds, except instead of inhaling Vicks® Menthol, Vicks® Lavender or Vicks® Rosemary liquid medications, you inhale nicotine in a water vapor – if you choose to purchase a PERSONAL VAPORIZER that contains nicotine at all.

Have you seen the adverse side effects listed for products like Chantix? I know those side effects first-hand. I was prescribed the medication to help quit smoking and ended up having to be prescribed a second medication to alleviate the psychotic side effects of the Chantix.

And yet, Chantix is FDA approved?

There are many who suffer adverse side effects from the nicotine patch as well, and yet they’re still on the market and no one complains, except the people who have been subjected those side effects in their efforts to quit smoking.

As far as PERSONAL VAPORIZER products being attractive to young people, I believe the only regulation that should be attached to the sale of these products is that consumers must be at least 18 years old to purchase them.

Again, I have been using my PERSONAL VAPORIZER for over a year. I purchased them almost five years after I quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, and in this whole year I have not experience one adverse side effect. To the contrary, they have helped me stay quit from tobacco cigarettes.

In my opinion, banning PERSONAL VAPORIZERS or putting such stringent regulations on the manufacturers would be doing a GRAVE disservice to those who want them and need them, as well as putting thousands of small businesses out of business permanently.

I hope you all find it in your common sense to do the logical thing and leave the PERSONAL VAPORIZER industry alone.

Thank you.

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