Chairman Johnson Criticizes the FDA on E-Cigarette Rule

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had this to say regarding the FDA’s regulation of e-cigarettes. The rule went into effect Monday.

“Today, costly and time-consuming regulations will go into effect against hard-working small business owners and job creators and their customers,” said Johnson. “The FDA threatens to crush the emerging e-cigarette industry, leading to negative unintended consequences for public health by making it harder for consumers to buy products that serve as an alternative to smoking.  I will continue to demand the FDA be transparent about the effect of this onerous regulation.  The American public deserves complete answers about the consequences of the FDA’s decisions.”


Johnson originally sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf about the e-cigarette regulation on May 17, 2016. He sent a second letter to the FDA on June 6, 2016 and a third follow up letter on July 15, 2016.