I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Vaping is not a product regulated as a tobacco product, according to a new report by the US Government Accountability Office.
The report was released today by the watchdog, which said that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is currently “pursuing an unprecedented” investigation into whether vaping is an illicit drug.
The DEA is examining a number of vaping products, including vaporizers, as part of an ongoing crackdown on the sale of vape products in the US.
Vaporizers are essentially small electronic devices that can produce vapor from the vapor produced by a battery or by heating water, the report found.
However, the DEA is currently focusing on vape products that are “not designed to be inhaled or ingested,” and thus not regulated by the FDA, which regulates cigarettes.
Vape cigarette manufacturers have been lobbying hard to remain exempt from the FDA’s ban on e-cigarettes and tobacco products, and are hoping for an exemption under a proposed rule from the White House.
The US Government has already allowed vape products to be sold in stores, which means they can be used to vape on an everyday basis without any tobacco products or nicotine.
However that’s only if the product is “prescribed” to be used as a smoking cessation aid.
Vape products are not prescribed to be smoked, and therefore cannot be marketed as such.
The new report found that the DEA and other agencies are conducting a “massive” investigation of vape cigarettes, and that the agency has begun to “discuss the feasibility” of an exemption for the products.
“Vape cigarettes are not regulated like cigarettes,” said the report’s author, William Saletan, a former FDA official who now works at the Center for Tobacco Products Policy and Regulatory Analysis at the University of California, San Francisco.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) has not conducted a comprehensive review of the products, as required by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
It is a matter of public record that the Departments’ Departments are pursuing an unprecedented investigation into vaping products.”
Saletan also argued that the proposed rule was “not appropriate” because the FDA has already made it clear that it will not regulate vaping products.
“It is not clear whether the FDA will conduct a comprehensive, independent review of vapor products to determine whether they meet the definition of a tobacco products product and therefore are exempt from regulatory review under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” Saleten wrote.
“In short, the FDA is considering a proposal that would allow vaping products to remain legal under the law, but the FDA cannot do so because the law already prohibits its regulation,” he added.
“For the FDA to attempt to regulate the industry through an expedited regulatory review process would be like a government agency trying to regulate a medical device industry.”
The FDA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
But the Department of Health and Human Services has already said it is reviewing the report.
“The agency will take the necessary actions to protect the health and safety of the public,” a spokesman for HHS said in a statement.