FDA should ‘butt out’ of vaping regulations, says Steve Forbes

Billionaire Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine, is making news today with his scathing rebuke of the controversial FDA deeming regulations.  Often provocative and always outspoken, the two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination did not mince words.  Forbes is aggressively calling on the Trump Administration to quit stalling and take action for an immediate repeal.

In his first month in office, President Trump has already been very busy signing numerous executive orders overturning other Obama-enacted federal regulations.  He killed a rule that previously restricted coal companies from dumping hazardous mining debris into our nation’s water system.  He’s reversed a previous ruling that placed a stay on further development of the Dakota Access pipeline.  And he’s implemented an immigration ban that was swiftly overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals  in less than a week.

Clearly, Trump is not afraid to make waves.  And neither is Steve Forbes.  So, what’s the holdup on repealing the FDA deeming regulations?

Forbes blasts ‘FDA’s anti-vaping Jihadists’

Steve Forbes’ blistering editorial starts off with a bang.  Entitled, “President Trump’s Deregulators Should Tell the FDA’s Anti-Vaping Jihadists to Butt Out,” the article calls FDA officials like Mitch Zeller and Jack Henningfield “anti-vaping Jihadists” with a “perverse mindset” that is “fanatical” and “capricious.”

He makes fun of the FDA’s constant claims “with no credible justification” that vaping is a gateway to smoking.  He questions the predicate date of the FDA deeming regulations that is retroactively placed way back to February of 2007, some 10 years ago.  And he reprimands the FDA for trying to convince the American People that vaping and smoking are essentially one-in-the-same.

“One area of rampant regulatory abuse the Trump Administration should attack is the war against e-cigarettes. ‘Vaping’ has been a godsend for people who are trying to quit smoking. It gives users the kick from nicotine without inhaling all the tars and other substances that make smoking cigarettes so lethal. Yet a perverse mind-set reigns among health regulators and fanatical antismoking crusaders: Against all honest scientific evidence, they equate vaping with lighting up actual cigarettes. They claim, with no credible justification, that e-cigarettes are a gateway to the real thing.”

But Forbes is just getting starting.  He also demands that Donald Trump and his team of “rule-liberators” also abolish two additional FDA regulations that have nothing to do whatsoever with vaping.

The billionaire editor renounces a regulation that requires manufacturers of boutique cigars to undergo a “wholly unnecessary approval process for new blends.”  He also blasts another FDA restriction placed on pipe shops that mix together two different blends of pipe tobacco when each has already been individually pre-approved by the FDA.

Article Credit: Matt Rowland

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