First I want to apologize to both of my readers for being away so long. I promised myself that with this blog I wouldn’t let it lapse into inactivity. Unfortunately a certain search engine company had other ideas. It seems that my first ever owned domain name is still in their version of the penalty box for some reason. So for exposure purposes I registered the new domain name of trenchreynolds.com. However since money is tight around Stately Reynolds Manor I had to wait a little bit before I could register the domain. Hint, hint.
Anyway this is a grat time to come back because recently while testifying before Congress the Food and Drug Administration admitted that vaping and e-cigs are a much less harmful alternative to smoking. However, and not surprisingly that’s not going to get them to stop regulating them.
“If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to noncombustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health,” Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products said at a hearing that could help determine the fate of e-cigarettes in the United States.
The FDA official told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions that it has “far more questions than answers” when it comes to the effects of e-cigs on the people who use them, but that its current existence outside the FDA’s regulatory authority is unacceptable.
“We don’t need to have the answers to those questions to have regulatory authority,” Zeller said.
That last line sounds just a little Orwellian but when doesn’t a government official sound like that?
As I’ve said before though, the proposed FDA regulations on vaping are nothing to freak out about yet. Right now you have more to worry about from your state and local government than you do the feds.