According to a report by The Hill, the House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to exempt all electronic cigarettes and cigars currently on the market from the review process required by rules being finalized by the FDA.
The FDA deeming rules would, for the first time, impose regulations on the e-cigarette industry, along with several tobacco products not currently regulated.
Under the FDA’s proposed rule, electronic cigarettes and cigars that hit stores after Feb 15, 2007, would have to go through the new product approval process.
However, the House committee approved a bipartisan amendment proposed by Rep Tom Cole (R-Okla) and Rep Sanford Bishop (D-Ga) that would exempt the requirement for any device or product already on the market from going through the Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) process.
Supporters of the amendment, including the e-cigarette industry, feared the majority of e-cigarettes would be taken off the market until they pass the PMTA process, which could shutter small vaping companies.