If you are a west coast vaper, it’s time to make plans to attend the FDA listening session on April 5. The event will be held in San Diego in conjunction with the meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The FDA is opening the event up to all citizens that want to discuss tobacco control and chances are that e-cigs will be a hot topic at the meeting.
Anyone is free to register to speak during the session, but the FDA prefers topics that pertain to four areas of interest:
- Tobacco prevention among young people
- Efforts to promote smoking cessation
- Harm and addiction reduction for tobacco products
- Scientific evidence to aid with regulation and reduce tobacco-related death and disease
The goal for the session will be to foster advancement in the fight against tobacco related deaths. It should also present an opportunity for discussion about current tobacco control measures. With the session happening in conjunction with the American Association for Cancer Research meeting, there will be a number of researchers and scientists on hand to present relevant data and studies.
To register for the session, click here and fill out the form by March 21. After the deadline, the FDA will select individuals to give presentations during the session and give them advance notice and opportunity to submit slides and visual aides. Each presentation should be 10 minutes or less so that a number of participants can speak. At the end of the scheduled presentations, the FDA may choose to open the floor for audience members to add to the discussion.
Though the FDA isn’t advertising the listening session as a time to talk about ecig regulation, it will almost certainly come up. The American Association for Cancer Research has already made it clear through a January press release that they have many concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes and the potential to “promote lung cancer in high risk individuals.”
This listening session will offer vapers a chance to defend ecigs and share their experiences along with relevant research. While there will be plenty of opposition, ecig supporters can balance these views by countering with factual information to refute statements that are purely conjecture.
Make plans to attend this important event and make a stand for electronic cigarettes. With the FDA planning to announce ecig regulation at any time, this is definitely a crucial opportunity to make the facts public and refute the lies that are often spread by the main stream media.
CocktailNerd will keep a close watch on the events leading up the listening session and give a follow up report after it is finished. Get involved and spread the word to build up a good presence of vaping supporters at this important April 5 meeting!