e-Liquid manufacturing trade group AEMSA (American e-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association) has made a move to better help small manufacturers during the dark days ahead. Specifically, they’ve hired a lobbyist.
According to a recent article that covers the lobbying trade, the group has enlisted the services of the lobbying firm The FGA Group.
The article was thin on specifics, but did mention HR 2058, which is the bill presented by Tom Cole (R-OK) that will set a more reasonable grandfather date for the FDA deeming regulations.
Congress, meanwhile, last year introduced HR 2058, or The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2015, which would allow e-cigarette and e-liquid products on the market prior to being deemed a tobacco product to be grandfathered into agency approval, exempting them from filing applications for premarket review. That bill was introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK).
Miamisburg, OH-based AEMSA has hired The FGA Group to push its support for HR 2058 on Capitol Hill.
Of course, while HR 2058 would serve as a sort of tourniquet to stem the bleeding from the regulations, it’s still not the optimal fix. The best way to handle the vaping industry is to push for a set of regulations specific to the vaping industry rather than simply try to stuff a technology product like vaping into the same dirty old shoebox the smokes are stashed in.
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more stories in the near future as more companies, trade associations and consumer advocacy groups start playing hardball.