Email from the desk of Julie Woessner, President of CASAA
We know that hundreds of thousands of vapers and other THR supporters have been wanting to do something to respond to the proposed regulations. This is the first opportunity to do something that really matters. CASAA is doing the research necessary to offer advice to consumers about substantive comments as well as our own comments. However, it is clear that we will not be able to do this as well as we would like within the 75 days, and thus consumer comments will be less useful unless the deadline is extended. We will be submitting our own more detailed request for an extension within a few days (and if you want to wait an see that before submitting your own, you can).
The ANTZ (anti nicotine and tobacco zealots) seem to be organizing a campaign to push the FDA to not extend the deadline, and are implying that it is only industry that wants an extension. We need to make it clear why an extension is needed, that thousands of people support providing the extension, and that this is not primarily about industry’s interests. Again, there has been enormous interesting in doing something, and this has resulted in a lot of gestures that are unlikely to make any difference other than creating a feeing of having done something.
Please take the time to do this. It matters. (The link to the full First Call to Action is below.)
If you are not familiar with CASAA, The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, here are some direct links to their website:
- Direct link to CASSA’s News Blog can be found here.
- You can find a breakdown of CASAA’s assessment of the FDA’s Deeming Regulation here.