Dotzler pointed out that it might not make sense to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, since nicotine can be derived from other plants, as well. Any e-cigarette using nicotine from tomatoes or other sources would be exempt from regulation if the devices were defined as tobacco products.
And in response to being urged to wait for guidance from the FDA before moving the bill forward, Dotzler asked when that guidance would be published.
No one knew.
Even the FDA doesn’t know. FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Haliski told Iowa Watchdog, “The last announced date for the guidelines was December 2013.” She stressed, however, it was just a target date.
The FDA has completed it guidelines but was required to submit them to the Office of Management and Budget for review before publication, Haliski said. OMB has not announced when that review will be completed.