Conservative Groups Push Back on FDA’s Overreach on ENDS regulation

This week, a coalition led by Americans for Tax Reform is pushing back on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s proposed changes to regulation of e-cigarettes. The group sent a letter to President Trump referencing his Executive Order 137771 that directs agencies to roll back two regulations for every newly created one, and directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create caps on and estimates for the cost of new rules imposed by agencies, like the FDA.

The letter recognizes the challenges of an increase in youth use of vaping products, and makes clear that the group does not wish for the FDA to ignore these concerns, but they urge the administration to subject the FDA’s response and actions to much closer scrutiny and examine it within the context of the broader deregulatory and pro-jobs agenda.

The letter comes on the heels of a new study by the New England Journal of Medicine, which found that e-cigarettes are twice as effective at getting smokers to quit as smoking cessation products like the nicotine patch.