Yesterday, June 24, 2014, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have lowered the health risk rhetoric and proposed rules for e-cigarettes and cigars. The OMB announced it is deleting language from the FDA’s proposed regulations they made in April, however no final rules have been implemented as the FDA will not complete its public comment period until August 8, 2014.
The OMB rule change would still restrict vending machine sales, however leaves open the ability to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, online. Another change would put cigars into two classifications, one for premium cigars and another for all the others. The OMB also deleted the FDA’s claim as to how many lives would be saved by their regulation of the cigar industry. Also deleted was an analysis was how American’s health would improved due to their slapping a warning label on the cigars.