HB 2563 would, among other things, ban the sale of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. This bill is scheduled for a public hearing on
Thursday, February 13, 2020
House Committee on Federal and State Affairs
Kansas State Capitol
Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not plan to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people affected by this issue. We are providing additional points and resources below for you to use when developing your written and spoken comments for messages, testimony, and phone calls to officials.
Prior to the hearing, take a moment to make contact with your officials by sending a message urging them to reject HB 2563.
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CASAA has learned that other industry stakeholders are already meeting with supporters of HB 2563 in an effort to include language that would enable the state to enforce the May 12 premarket tobacco application (PMTA) deadline on ALL vapor products. Essentially, if a vapor product has not received market permission from the FDA after filing their PMTA, the state would be allowed to remove those products from the shelves of retailers in Kansas.
At this time, there is no written assurance from the FDA that the agency will use its enforcement discretion to allow open-system vapor products to remain on the market through the May 12 PMTA deadline. But there are several indications, by way of public statements from HHS Secretary Azar, that the FDA may allow open-system products to remain on the market as long as manufacturers are in the process of submitting a PMTA. HB 2463 would supersede the FDA’s enforcement discretion and all of the deliberation that is going into striking an appropriate regulatory balance.
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