Dear Mr. Campbell,
Thank you for contacting me in support of the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing a regulation that would greatly extend the agency's tobacco authority to cover additional products, expanding the legal definition of a tobacco product. Currently, the FDA only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. The new regulation would expand the FDA's reach to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvable products, gels, and water-pipe tobacco.
The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act would prevent the FDA from banning products that have hit the market since the original regulatory grandfather date of February 2007. I understand and agree with your concerns about the potential for overzealous regulation of products, including e-cigarettes, by the FDA. I believe it is important for consumers to have access to safe products, but regulations must be based on sound science and not any political agendas. Rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as the U.S. Senate considers this legislation.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues important to you and your family.