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Anti-Vaping Forces Looking to Win Court Battles

Anti-Vaping Forces Looking to Win Court Battles
The special interest groups are out in force – six of them! – as they push to protect the deeming regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) seems to be leading in the charge. In a press release, they said that the groups petitioning to the court were worried that the Trump Administration would risk children’s health and the rest of the public by either failing to defend, weakening or cancelling the FDA’s deeming regulations altogether.
The other five groups petitioning are: the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Lung Association (ALA), the Truth Initiative (TI) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) – these anonymous groups are the sort of pharma-backed organizations that have been looking to create a hassle for vapers in recent times.
In their press release, the CTFK pointed to the recent Department of Justice delays in defending the FDA’s regulations, concentrating on cases the FDA has been fighting against Cyclops Vapor 2, LLC, and the Cigar Association of America. The DOJ requested that a three-month extension be given to ensure that the new staff at the Department of Health and Human Services could better understand the deeming rule and how it affects those subjected to it.  
The CTFK accused the Trump Administration of not giving the FDA’s deeming rule the same protection that the Obama Administration did, pointing to the lawsuit between the coalition of Nicopure Labs and the Right to be Smoke-Free, against the FDA.
The FDA won that case with its deeming rule determined constitutional by the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia’s Judge Amy Berman Jackson. The CBD vape additive plaintiffs have not submitted an appeal yet, although they have not ruled it.

What, specifically, are these groups trying to do?

The Cigar Association of America v. FDA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Cyclops Vapor 2, LLC v. FDA in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama are the cases that these six pharma-supported groups mentioned in the press release, and the ones that they are hoping to influence.
The groups are quick to equate e-cigarettes to other tobacco products to formulate their argument, claiming that they want to educate the public about all nicotine products so that governments can appropriately regulate them so people can quit more easily. But what are they interested in protecting the health of the American public, or shoring up profit margins for tobacco companies that are threatened by CBD daps?

CTFK leader negotiated with Philip Morris 

You only have to look as far as Matthew Myers, the lead figure of the CTFK effort, and his history to conclude that it’s probably the latter. Amusingly – or perhaps not given the gravity of it – Myers worked with Philip Morris in coming up with the Tobacco Control Act, which has proven to be a boon for CBD shatter companies and a saving grace for tobacco companies? While normal cigarettes find it easy to get straight into the marketplace, any new products (which are invariably concentrated on tobacco harm reduction) find it much more difficult, mainly due to the ever-complicated and hugely expensive premarket tobacco application (PMTA) that all new tobacco products must go through.
So let’s end on one final point: considering all that and Myers’ dodgy dealings of the past, are these “health groups” really bothered about our health? I very much doubt it.

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