Monday, August 8, 2016
WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had this to say regarding the FDA’s regulation of e-cigarettes. The rule went into effect Monday.“Today, costly and time-consuming regulations will go into effect against hard-working small business owners and job creators and their customers,” said Johnson. “The FDA threatens to crush the emerging e-cigarette industry, leading to negative unintended consequences for public health by making it harder for consumers to buy products that serve as an alternative to smoking. I will continue to demand the FDA be transparent about the effect of this onerous regulation. The American public deserves complete answers about the consequences of the FDA’s decisions.”
Background: Johnson originally sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf about the e-cigarette regulation on May 17, 2016. He sent a second letter to the FDA on June 6, 2016 and a third follow up letter on July 15, 2016.