Diketones in Electronic Cigarette Liquid (ATF)

Lukas Knight filed this request with the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Due Dec. 23, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Lukas Knight

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records and reports regarding the safety of diketones - diacetyl, acetylacetone, and hexane-2,5-dione especially - as flavorants as well as any records of reports that specifically mention the use of diketones in juices used to produce inhaled vapours and their possible effects on the respiratory system when ingested in that way.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lukas Knight

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

No acknowledgement has yet been received in response to this FOIA request for "All records and reports regarding the safety of diketones - diacetyl, acetylacetone, and hexane-2,5-dione especially - as flavorants as well as any records of reports that specifically mention the use of diketones in juices used to produce inhaled vapours and their possible effects on the respiratory system when ingested in that way." It was initially submitted to your office on November 23, 2015. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your help.

From: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Mr. Knight,

A letter regarding your FOIA request is attached. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us using our secure server (foiamail@atf.gov<mailto:foiamail@atf.gov>) or by phone: 202.648.8740. Thank you.

Mimi Fletcher
FSA Contract Paralegal III, Disclosure PGA
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
99 New York Ave., NE Mail Stop 4E-301
Washington, DC 20226
202.648.8740

From: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Again, please stop emailing me directly! You need to follow the instructions that were provided to you in the previous email. I don’t know what this is, as it’s asking me to download some pictures. You were instructed to send emails to foiamail@atf.gov. Please follow instructions and do not send any further emails like this directly to me. The foiamail server is secure. Thank you.

From: Lukas Knight

I would like to appeal my classification as a noncommercial requester. I am an employee of Muckrock (https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/dec/01/cesar-chavez-fbi-file/) requesting with the intention of publishing unique journalistic works regarding the requested documents.

Additionally, as summarized by the Justice Department, Office of Information Policy (see: http://www.justice.gov/oip/long-v-dhs-no-14-807-2015-wl-3961312-ddc-june-29-2015-cooper-j):

"...the court finds that "[p]laintiffs' uncontested representations that they intend and have the ability to disseminate new research to the public were sufficient to meet the definition of representatives of the news media." The court specifically addresses defendant's counter arguments and, in response, finds that "[i]ncorporating information from a range of sources . . . is not essential for news media status[,]"[...]"

In relation to factors two and four: the intention of a federal agency charged with enforcing laws regarding the production, sale, and possession of tobacco to regulate or not to regulate an emerging technology, one which may be effectively tax-exempt and potentially hazardous to health, is of significant public concern prima facie.

If my requests or requests for media classification are continually denied on the basis of arbitrary judgments of their content on the part of the agency, I fully intend to appeal. Thank you for your time and assistance in fulfilling my requests.

From: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Mr. Knight:

With respect to your status inquiry of September 9, 2016 - we sent to you on August 25, 2016, a response. Did you not receive it? If you have not, I apologize, however, if that is the case, I will gladly send it to you at the same e-mail address I am sending this message to. I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter.

Johnny Rosner
FOIA Public Liaison
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
202-648-7390

From: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Good morning,

Please see the attached documents pertaining to the response of the FOIA request submitted.

**Please do not respond and/or send any documents to this email address. Any and all correspondences pertaining to your request should be sent to the secure server email address of foiamail@atf.gov ****

Thanks,

Farrah Monroe-Cook
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant III
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
foiamail@atf.gov

  • Response to requester for referral of request to another agency 2016-0

From: TTB FOIA Inquiries

Hi Lukas Knight,

The email is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the addressed to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) dated November 23, 2015. You are requesting all records and reports regarding the safety of diketones (especially, diacetyl, acetylacetone, and hexane-2,5-dione) when used as flavorants.

Your request was subsequently referred to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and received in this office on September 15, 2016.

Attached are the following documents regarding your request:

1) Signed TTB response letter; and

2) Document Cover.

If you have any questions regarding this response, let me know.

Regards

Quinton S. Mason , CIPP/US/G
Disclosure Program Manager
US. Department of the Treasury │Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Regulations and Rulings Division
Office: 202-882-9904│Fax: 202-453-2331
TTBFOIA@ttb.gov<mailto:ttbfoia@ttb.gov>

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