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The FDA received direction from Congress to gather information from the public that could help identify and evaluate additional steps the Agency could take to “address the recent pulmonary illnesses reported to be associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products.”

However, we at VIDA News think that the FDA is missing a major point. That language matters.

So we are asking for everyone to take time before the deadline tomorrow at 11:59 pm ET to make sure the FDA hears your voice.

Below is a sample message, but please feel free to add your own stories.

“While this comment period is “seeking information on product design,” it is essential to express concern about the use of the term “e-cigarette” when discussing the outbreak of lung injuries last year in the United States. In December 2019, the New England Journal of Medicine linked the outbreak to Vitamin E acetate – a thickening agent added to black-market THC-containing vaping products.

In March, Public Health England stated that the “false fears” about e-cigarettes, which gained traction by linking regulated nicotine vapor products to lung injury, have prevented those who smoke in the UK from attempting to quit with regulated products. It has also led to restrictive, prohibitionist policies in countries like Mexico, Argentina, the Phillippines, and more.

I strongly encourage the FDA and Congress to consider the ripple effect of their language not only here in the United States, but around the world.”




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