Please, copy this letter and send it to Senators Peters and Stabenow and Congressman Moolenaar
Addresses: U.S. Senator Gary Peters
ATTN: Constituent Services
477 Michigan Avenue, Suite 1860
Detroit, MI 48226
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
719 Griswold, Suite 700
Detroit, MI 48226
Hon. John Moolenaar
201 North Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
I am writing to express support for the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015 (H.R. 2058) and the Cole Bishop Amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill which would protect my access to the variety of quality vapor products (otherwise known as e-cigarettes) currently on the market and help a million plus Americans continue to live smoke free.
Moreover, H.R. 2058 and the Cole Bishop Amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill are a boon to the millions of current smokers who are seeking an effective means to help them transition away from deadly combustible cigarettes.
As written, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed regulations would effectively remove 99% of vapor products from the market by subjecting manufacturers to a costly pre-market approval application process that only a few large companies might hope to navigate. Consumers would be left to choose from a very limited number of products that were on the market prior to the February 2007 grandfather date products that are remarkably less effective and, by some accounts, less safe.
As a result, not only would a large number of us return to smoking, but millions of current smokers would be encouraged to continue smoking. For decades, smokers have been told to just use mediocre smoking cessation aids that are barely helpful, if that; mostly they just triggered cessation by those who were happy to simply quit unaided. Although smoking rates have declined substantially since people first learned about the hazards, they are now only slowly creeping down, and mostly because older smokers are dying, not quitting.
For the vast majority of smokers who are not willing and able to just quit, electronic cigarettes offer them a satisfying, low risk substitute, often the only path away from smoking other than dying. I and millions of other constituents thank you for considering my comments and look forward to your continued support of Tobacco Harm Reduction policies. We hope that you choose to support H.R. 2058 and the Cole Bishop Amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill.
I would like to offer any assistance I can to advance this bill.