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This case appears to be yet another example of FDA’s aggressive efforts to regulate recreational tobacco products as drugs or devices under the FDCA. Ironically, notwithstanding that Congress has now taken the unprecedented step of granting FDA jurisdiction over those products, FDA remains undeterred. Unfortunately, its tenacious drive to maximize its regulatory power has resulted in its advocacy of an interpretation of the relevant law that I find, at first blush, to be unreasonable and unacceptable. I am mindful, however, that the purpose of preliminary injunctive relief is merely “preventative, or protective; it seeks to maintain the status quo pending a final detennination of the merits of the suit.” Wash. Metro. Area Transit Comm ‘n v. Holiday Tours, Inc., 559 F.2d 841, 844 (D.C. Cir. 1977). Because I have concluded that plaintiffs are substantially likely to succeed on the merits and are likely to suffer irreparable harm if I do not return the parties to the status quo ante, their respective motions for preliminary.
The Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA) is an association of private sector companies engaged in electronic cigarette technologies. Member companies are involved in all sectors of the creation and promotion of electronic cigarettes. ECA’s mission is to provide the tools and information necessary for policy-makers, opinion leaders, media, and private sector companies worldwide to make informed decisions about the management and use of electronic cigarette technologies, particularly the most recent advances and applications. The association was founded to institute and promote industry-wide standards and a code of conduct, work to maintain sound professional practices, educate the public and policy-makers on the industry’s activities and potential, and ensure the ethical use of electronic cigarette technologies.
At a time when the government is ostensibly trying to cut health costs, why is it trying to ban something that might help people quit smoking tobacco, perhaps the most devastating health problem in the U.S.? (By Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan)
A powerful preventive against pneumonia, influenza and other respiratory diseases may be promised by a brilliant series of experiments conducted during the last three years at the University of Chicago's Billings Hospital. Dr. Oswald Hope Robertson last week was making final tests with a new germicidal vapor—propylene glycol—to sterilize air.
Switching to low-risk nicotine products, like smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and pharmaceutical nicotine offers smokers a chance to almost completely eliminate their health risks. While these alternative products still pose some very small health risk. A new study at the University of Alberta, School of Public Health in Canada shows that in most cases switching is better for reducing lifetime risk than trying to quit. (By Carl V Phillips)
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a national legal-action organization solely devoted to the many problems of smoking.
For more than 36 years ASH has served as the legal-action arm of the anti smoking community.
"Under the Oregon agreements, the companies promise not to sell e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine vapor without combustion products, unless the products are approved by the FDA or "a court rules the FDA does not have the authority to regulate electronic cigarettes." (By Jacob Sullum)
Detecting lung cancer could soon be as trivial as determining alcohol intoxication levels. A breath analyzer made out of functionalized gold nano-particles may make lung cancer diagnosis noninvasive and portable. (By Yun Xie)
Propylene glycol is an organic compound it is a colorless, nearly odorless, clear, viscous liquid with a faintly sweet taste. One of many applications is in electronic cigarettes, it is used to deliver vaporized nicotine.
Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, at this time the agency has no way of knowing, except for the limited testing it has performed, the levels of nicotine or the amounts or kinds of other chemicals that the various brands of these products deliver to the user.