(Update - 12.12.19)
According to a recent article in The Hill, it is likely that the House of Representatives will vote on HR 2339 (flavor ban, online sales ban, and tobacco 21) early in 2020. The delay is due to members of Congress recognizing that more pressing matters need to be addressed in the limited number of working days left in 2019.
While it is very likely that Rep. Pallone currently has the votes needed to advance HR 2339 to the Senate, the delay gives us more time to contact officials and hopefully change some minds.
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(Update - 11.20.19)
On Tuesday, November 19, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup session for Chairman Pallone’s HR 2339. This bill would ban flavored e-liquid, ban online sales, and raise the minimum sales age to 21-years-old.
HR 2339 is now moving to a vote by the full House.
At this time, we expect HR 2339 to pass the House of Representatives. But this is not cause for abandoning efforts to educate lawmakers or trying to win a few people who might be on the fence.
Please take a moment to send a message to your officials urging them to reject legislation, like HR 2339, that would severely limit access to low-risk, smoke-free products.
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In July, a US District Court judge, Paul Grimm, produced a remedy order that requires the FDA to enforce the premarket tobacco application (PMTA) requirement starting in May of 2020. This effectively moves up this particular compliance deadline by more than a year. While a small handful of companies might be in a position to attempt compliance with this new deadline, the rest of the vapor industry is not.
Strict enforcement of this deadline will force most US manufacturers to shut down. Even though the FDA will retain enforcement discretion with regard to certain compliance deadlines on a case-by-case basis, it is not clear how (or even if) the agency will apply it. In other words, there is no guarantee that companies will be allowed to keep their products on the market.
Take Action – Send a Message!At the same time, several bills are active in Congress that would undermine FDA’s authority over new tobacco products. These bills propose to raise taxes, ban flavors, limit online sales, and one bill even goes as far as requiring vapor products to be approved for market only as medical drugs/devices.
CASAA is asking our members to take action by sending a message to your federal lawmakers urging them to reject this legislation and prevent a massive underground market from taking the place of our current legal, regulated marketplace. We will start delivering your messages one week from now to coincide with a lobby day organized by the Vapor Technology Association.
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- Original Post - 09.11.19
- HR 2339 - Bill Page
- [Article] The Hill - "House Democrats to vote on flavored e-cigarettes ban next year." (Dec. 11)