Alright, take this one with a big grain of salt as it's a pretty healthy helping of optimism. My pals over at eCig Advanced sent their news guy along with the SFATA delegation to DC today to speak with lawmakers and officials about the impending FDA apocalypse. It turns out that things are not as cut and dry as you might think. At least some people realize small businesses stand to get screwed in this whole mess and think that might be a bad thing.
Latest from SFATA Fly-In in Washington, DC-It is very possible that the Office of Budget and Managementwill not approve the FDA deeming draft. The FDA does not seem capable of proving that the cost of regulation (lost business, jobs, implementing fees, etc.) will be worth the benefits.
-There are rumors that the Small Business Association is looking into the FDA’s proposed regulations and will fight it on behalf of small electronic cigarette companies.
-The FDA regulation pipeline is so convoluted that we are not likely to see regulation of the industry for 2-3 years.
Granted this is all just chatter, which is why I marked it as a rumor, but after months of hearing nothing but doom and gloom I wanted to share some positive insights. There's more to this article, so be sure to visit the link above. I'll keep posting about the meetings as they publish them since I couldn't fly out to DC myself and have to live vicariously through fellow e-cig bloggers.