Principle: PRO-Free Markets

The worst thing a government can do to an industry just starting out is pass regulations that could destroy new business. It is up to the people to educate elected officials of the dangers of business regulation, and the importance of the creation of new jobs brought about by these new business.

The Hill – Electronic cigarette makers and retailers are scrambling to escape expected new regulations that they say could wipe them out.

As the $2 billion e-cigarette industry is gaining ground around the country, so is its lobbying presence in Washington. A fledgling trade group, the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), is flying members into Washington next week to meet with congressional staff and lawmakers to warn them about anticipated new rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

They will be arguing that their devices should not be subject to same rules governing tobacco products, but will have to face off with public health groups as well as tobacco giants like Altria.

“It is a concerted effort to make the business case for electronic cigarettes to Congress,” said Cynthia Cabrera, SFATA’s executive director. “It’s the perfect time for us to go and provide the faces to this industry.”

Thirty people representing 19 different companies — including electronic cigarette makers, retailers and distributors — will be coming to the capital as part of the trade group’s first fly-in visit.

Read more at: E-cigarette makers worry new regulations will snuff out emerging business | TheHill.