Vaping regulation gets some attention on the Shadow Docket
Yesterday, Justice Brett Kavanaugh requested that the federal government file a response to Breeze Smoke LLC’s application for an emergency stay to block the Food and Drug Administration’s order denying approval of the manufacturer’s flavored vaping products.
Breeze Smoke is seeking an emergency stay from the Supreme Court after a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit refused its stay application. As I explained here, the Sixth Circuit panel expressly disagreed with a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which granted another company’s stay application due to the FDA’s arbitrary and inconsistent approach to reviewing product applications for flavored vaping products (often called electronic nicotine delivery systems or “ENDS”).
Another manufacturer obtained a stay from the Seventh Circuit, while a fourth was denied a stay by the Ninth Circuit. To compound the inconsistency, the FDA has rescinded its rejection of product applications from still other ENDS manufacturers who raised similar substantive objections.
Jonathan H. Adler – Reason.com – 2021-11-30