After a gruelling and almost ridiculously controversial and infamous race for the White House, Donald Trump claimed a stunning victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump, a Republican that doesn’t have the universal support of his party, will enter the White House in January to replace Barack Obama and will be under pressure to deliver on many of the populist policies he’s promised.
The billionaire tycoon has made a series of bizarre statements, both publically and privately. Despite making several degrading comments about women, Mexicans and more, Trump claimed an emphatic victory, despite losing the popular vote.
Among Trump’s pledges was to build a wall on the US-Mexican border, ban all Muslims from the country on a temporary basis and repeal ObamaCare. With Trump making a series of rather bold claims, it’s easy to see why topics like e-cigarette regulation aren’t widely discussed.
E-Cigarettes have evolved as an incredible smoking cessation method. According to numerously reliably informed and active scientists and doctors, e-cigs is the best method of quitting smoking and are 95% safer than regular cigarettes.
Since becoming popularised around 2007, the e-cigarette is widely available from numerous vaping products distributors and even supermarkets.
Furthermore, it has been revealed that e-cigarettes do not produce oxidative stress in viable lung epithelial cells.
However, it seems US regulators aren’t so supportive of some of the scientific evidence. The Food and Drug Administration regulates e-cigarettes and has already imposed some potentially devastating changes for the industry.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson who, like Trump, is a Republican, wrote a letter to the Vice President-elect Mike Pence urging him to block the FDA’s changes, arguing that “thousands of jobs and small businesses” would “disappear”.
In the letter, he added that the rules “could potentially hurt the public’s health by making it harder for consumers to access products that serve as an alternative to smoking”.
Reportedly, the new regulations could kill 99.9% of the e-cigarette industry as proposed new changes dictate that retailers can no longer offer free samples, have limitations on the e-liquid flavours they create, and must submit all of their products made since 2007 for federal review.
Ron Johnson has previously stood up to the FDA to try and protect the vaping community. Pressing the FDA for more information about their regulation, he said he would “compel” answers from them if they were not provided.
“I wrote to request your assistance in understanding the consequences that this new regulation may have on small businesses and the public’s health. To date, you have not responded to my letter. Therefore, I write again to reiterate my request for information about FDA’s regulation and its potential consequences,”
wrote Mr Johnson in May.
“Since I sent my initial letter to you, I have heard from many small-business owners who manufacture or sell e-cigarette products. These job creators have contacted my office expressing their grave concerns about the FDA’s regulatory overreach. They fear that the FDA’s e-cigarette rule will force them out of business by requiring them to complete costly and time-consuming premarket applications for each e-cigarette product.”
Johnson is one of few US political figures to really stand up to the regulation, and, given his obvious expertise and intelligence, he could be a threat to the FDA moving forward.
It will be interesting to see if Trump and Pence listen to the letter and act decisively to save an industry that is potentially perilously positioned.