November 01, 2013

TVECA Finally Addresses Prohibitionist Claims Head-on

The TVECA, an e -cigarette trade group can be found frequently in news stories talking about e-cigarettes. Normally, it's in the context of the latest prohibitionist rhetoric. Generally, the quote ends up being something about water vapor and sounding like tap dancing around the issue.  I'm still not sure if that's really what's being said or it's classic misquoting with the meat of the discussion not making it into the article. That's why I was somewhat impressed with a piece penned by the TVECA's president Tom Kiklas  in which he made a pretty solid argument against things like the FDA’s 2009 hit piece.

The Upside of E-Cigarettes

The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) had the opportunity to present to the city council the scientific facts in rebuttal to the July 2009 FDA press release. This led to the city council voting not to ban e-cigarettes.

Also within the FDA release, which has been the genesis of so much confusion on the safety and efficacy of electronic cigarettes, is a request by the FDA that healthcare professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of e-cigarettes to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. During this same time the FDA was litigating with TVECA co-founder Ray Story. A subsequent ruling in that litigation by the Washington D.C. Appellate Court stated, “Regarding harm to third parties and to the public interest, the district court observed the FDA had cited no evidence to show that electronic cigarettes harmed anyone.”

The FDA had more than a year to find and present to the court incidences of harm that were caused to consumers by e-cigs to buttress their litigation, yet presented not one.

Not a bad counter argument. It's kind of a shame that this sort of thing and the rest of the stuff in the article hasn't gotten much ink since 2009.

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