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Information FDA looking to isolate the enemy
We need to look back to 2009 when the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was given the go-ahead to put in place the necessary guidelines to regulate the electronic cigarette industry. This required a number of rule changes within the FDA and here we stand in April 2014 with no clarification, no official timeline and the only indication being a veiled comment from the FDA that an announcement will be made "very soon". So, why has the FDA suddenly decided to talk in public now, when in reality there is nothing new to say?
 
Those who are knowledgeable of battle tactics will be well aware that isolating the enemy from the masses is your first major task. Why do we mention this?
 
Tragic child deaths used as stick by the FDA
 
While there is no doubt that the benefits and the risks associated with smoking, electronic cigarettes and eliquids have been discussed time and time again across the Internet, no electronic cigarette company or retailer would never knowingly put any child at risk. As a consequence, despite the fact that there are numerous child safe eliquid bottles available on the market there have been growing reports of young children drinking the fluid. This is tragic and something which the industry, regulators and governments around the world have been looking at for some time.
 
The FDA is now six months beyond the deadline set for a two-year review of electronic cigarette industry, there has been no official comment until lately about the timetable and in many ways the FDA has done a disservice to the people of the US. It is no coincidence that the "very soon" comment was associated with a number of observations about growing eliquid poison cases which pull at the heartstrings of anybody who reads them.
 
Tamperproof bottles
 
Tamperproof bottles are available from many eliquid retailers and indeed adults who buy these products for their own use do need to take some responsibility for storing them safely. While the number of suspected poison cases relating to eliquids is catching the headlines, it is but a fraction of those associated with the likes of alcohol and other potentially dangerous substances. It is scandalous for the FDA to use reports of child poison cases as a means of attacking the electronic cigarette industry.
 
In what many would claim to be a case of "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut" the FDA obviously sees this as a way of gaining public support for tough new regulations for the electronic cigarette industry. The industry, yet again, is being demonised as the devil incarnate despite the fact that major progress has been made with regards to tamperproof and childproof bottles by the sector as a whole.
 
Will the FDA ever give electronic cigarettes a chance?
 
The idea of somehow implicating the electronic cigarette industry as a willing participant in the deaths and injuries to many children caused by eliquids is scandalous. Those at the more responsible end of electronic cigarette market have strict rules and regulations regarding the age of their customers, the safety of their products and advice is given in relation to safe storage. The truth is that one death or one injury associated with eliquids is one too many but giving the impression that the industry as a whole has no interest and is "doing nothing" is quite simply wrong.
 
The talk of electronic cigarette regulations emerging "very soon" is vague to say the least but associating this announcement and this timescale with reported injuries and deaths caused by drinking eliquids certainly sets the short to medium term agenda. All parties in the industry, governments and customers have a part to play in ensuring that these products do not fall into the hands of young children and indeed ensuring that they are not abused in any way shape or form.

For more information on OK Electronic Cigarettes and the various products available please visit the OKCigs website.
07-04-2014 01:59 PM
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RE: FDA looking to isolate the enemy
This is actually a comment often used by the left leaning segment of the US political class in the US. 

A solution in search of a problem. 

It's most often used when talking about Voter ID laws. They claim that no "solution" is needed because the problem is so small. Yet these same people will shout "but it's for the children" when talking about everything from gun rights to e-cigs, hell even soft drinks. 

Sadly this is typical of both sides of our political swamp and their corporate sponsors. Regulators are even worse in most cases. They have no problem taking bribes in the form of future employment with the very people they regulate or regulate on behalf of. 

If you take a look at where they go to work after they have done their stint as regulators you will see what I mean. These agencies have an open door policy with these corporations. They worked for them in the past and they will work for them in the future. Corporations love to hire ex Regulators and regulatory agencies love to hire ex corporate workers. The lobbyists are thus intertwined. They know who butters their bread. When they end up leaving an agency and go to work for a corporation they are soon right back in the same office they left but now on the other side of the desk. "Hi Joe, nice to see you again, how are the wife and kids". "Sure I can look into that for you, no problem at all. Hey when are the new job openings going to show up"? 

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07-04-2014 07:31 PM
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RE: FDA looking to isolate the enemy
Hi 18sixfifty

That comment is great "A solution in search of a problem" - sums up the whole situation to be honest.

For more information on OK Electronic Cigarettes and the various products available please visit the OKCigs website.
09-04-2014 09:52 AM
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Thanks Mark. It really does doesn't it? 

If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?
09-04-2014 06:22 PM
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