Spending almost $5 million and hiring 30 lobbying firms is a massive effort to exert influence.
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports big tobacco in the U.S. is waging a sophisticated "multi-pronged assault" to gut the FDA's ability to regulate electronic cigarettes. The tobacco giants Reynolds American and Altria Group were among the largest corporate donors to the inauguration of President Trump. In the first quarter of 2017 these companies spent $2.9 million on lobbying efforts to this end.
PositiveTip: Contact your legislators today and express your opposition to softening FDA oversight over e-cigarettes.