Trump Proposes E-Cig Fee

President Trump’s budget for 2020 adds e-cig manufacturers to the list of companies required to pay user fees to FDA.

President Donald Trump has proposed an e-cigarette fee to fund the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of new tobacco and nicotine products.

Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, released Monday, estimated that the fee could bring in as much as $100 million a year and help fund outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s crackdown on what he has called “an epidemic” of tobacco use among underage youth.

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Under the proposal e-cigarette manufacturers and importers would need to pay user fees to the FDA, and it could increase the user fees that companies—such as traditional tobacco companies—pay, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

The change “would ensure that FDA has the resources to address today’s alarming rise in youth e-cigarette use as well as new public health threats of tomorrow,” the budget proposal said.

“I’m glad the Trump administration is weighing-in and making it clear that it’s past time to tackle the crisis of youth e-cigarette use,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat who proposed a similar fee. “I hope to work with the administration as I rally bipartisan support for my legislation in Congress.”