1. Is the Trump administration planning to make changes to the deeming regulations? A letter circulated online last night that indicated that the agency will delay all deeming rule deadlines by 90 days. The letter, from an FDA policy analyst, says that, “This extension will allow new leadership at the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services additional time to more fully consider issues raised by the final rule that are now the subject of multiple lawsuits in federal court.”
As we report in a separate story today, it may be possible for new leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to change the agency’s course on regulating vapor products. This delay may have been initiated by the Trump administration, which recently appointed Dr. Tom Price to run the DHHS.Ecigs Distributors Should Take Notice of The Recent Changes
Two of the previous compliance deadlines for manufacturers of the newly deemed products had already been extended, so this delay may not indicate anything unusual. But the timing is interesting, since DHHS Secretary Price just received a letter signed by over 2,000 vaping manufacturers and vape shop owners last week, asking for a review of the rule’s enforcement.
2. If you break the law and sell e-cigarettes in Dubai a second time, you could be fined as much as $136,000. Vaping is illegal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as are vapor products of all types. Two tobacco shops recently had inventory seized and destroyed by the Public Health and Safety Department (PHSD), according to Gulf News. The paper says that first offenders are usually given a warning (and their products are confiscated and destroyed), but repeat offenders are subject to large fines.
Travelers to the UAE can have their vaping devices and e-liquid seized at airports too. “We are looking into their cases to check whether this is their first offence, or if they were caught previously selling these banned goods. If they have been warned before, they can face a fine of up to Dh500,000,” PHSD director Redha Salman said. The prohibition includes not just sales, but possession and use too. Travelers to the UAE can have their vaping devices and e-liquid seized at airports too.Ecigs Distributors Should Take Notice of The Recent Changes
After considering a loosening of the law in 2015, the UAE Health and Prevention Ministry reversed course in 2016 and left the ban in place, probably in order to please the World Health Organization (WHO), whose tobacco control arm the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) discourages its member countries from promoting low-risk nicotine alternatives. Dubai is the largest of the seven UAE emirates, which are located on the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. Oil-rich Dubai has a population of just under three million, and is one of the most expensive places to live in the world.