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Health groups push FDA not to repeal e-cig rules

Health groups push FDA not to repeal e-cig rules
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Health groups are lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to keep in place e-cigarette regulations as Republicans press the administration for a repeal. 

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and 50 other health groups wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price this week asking him to defend and fully implement the rules finalized under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE.

"The public health justification for regulation is as compelling now as it was a year ago, when the FDA issued the final deeming rule," the health groups wrote.

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"There is, therefore, no basis for reconsideration of the rule or a failure to defend it strongly in court.”

The FDA announced it is delaying enforcement of the rule by three months to give the new administration time to consider the rule, which is also being challenged in court. 

But the health groups claim there is no legal or policy reason to delay implementation of any provision of the deeming rule or to reconsider the government’s strong legal defense of the rule.

“According to the [Justice Department], the recent ‘explosion in virtually unregulated e-cigarette products raises significant public health concerns,’ ” the groups wrote.

“These concerns include the growing prevalence of e-cigarette use among youth, their addictiveness due to nicotine delivery comparable to conventional cigarettes, the toxicity of nicotine and its significant risk of adverse effects on pregnant women and the still developing adolescent brain, the divergence of actual nicotine content from labeled content, the inhalation risks of certain e-liquid ingredients, including certain flavorings, the risk of battery explosion and resulting injury, and the potential harm to nonusers of secondhand aerosol containing nicotine.”

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump spars with GOP lawmakers on steel tariffs Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule Trump budget seeks savings through ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Wis.) asked newly minted FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a letter this week to consider repealing the rule given industry claims that the rule’s product approval requirements are too expensive.