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For Immediate Release
April 19, 2016

UTAH SMOKE FREE ASSOCIATION ON THE PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT PRESENTED BY REP. COLE & REP. BISHOP WHICH CHANGES THE FDA PREDICATE DATE FOR VAPOR PRODUCTS

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Today, the Utah Smoke Free Association (UTSFA) praises the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for their noble decision and decisive vote to approve an amendment that will, if passed by both House and Senate, prevents the Food and Drug Association (FDA) from applying a predicate date of February 2007 to vapor products thereby decimating over 99% of the 10’s of thousands of vapor businesses in operation today. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) and Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA) offered this amendment which passed with a vote of 31 to 19.

The UTSFA offers the following statement regarding the passage of the amendment. “This is an industry founded on the principles of harm reduction and it’s apparent that the committee understands the vital role vapor products play and will continue to play in preserving the health of Americans, especially that of smokers,” said Aaron Frazier, UTSFA’s Executive Director. “This is a disruptive technology that offers the best chance in history to help Utah’s 225,000 smokers take a life changing step away from combustible tobacco. We also commend Utah’s Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) who sits on the committee for his vote on the amendment protecting the over 75 Utah industry small business owners and over 30,000 adult consumers.”

There have been mountains of misleading information released by the very agencies tasked with protecting public health. It is our hope that today’s action will provide these agencies with a wake up call that the current methods of cessation supported by them are ineffective with the over 40 million Americans who still choose to smoke combustible cigarettes.

The Utah Smoke Free Association fights for the rights of all Utah residents wishing to reduce the harms resulting from combustible tobacco. We urge all Utah’s smokers to try any method available to remove combustible tobacco from your life and the lives of your children, family members and friends. When traditional methods do not work, we recommend adult smokers visit a Vapor Specialty Retailer to discuss alternative options to combustible tobacco.

For accurate information on vapor products or for UTSFA membership information, please contact board@utsmokefree.org.

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