Yesterday the US Food and Drug Administration released their new rules regarding e-cigs and vaping and it’s not a lot to worry about yet.
Here are the new rules in a nutshell…
- A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
- A prohibition on distributing free samples.
- A ban on selling e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in places that never admit young people.
- A requirement that e-cigarettes carry warnings that they contain nicotine, which is addictive.
- E-cigarette manufacturers would be required to disclose the ingredients in their products.
Personally, I don’t have an issue with any of these rules as a consumer except maybe the free samples. I’d like to see some clarification on that. Do they mean no free disposable e-cigs or would that include no more sampling e-juice at the vape store?
The FDA decided not to rule on flavors or advertising at this time even though the anti-vaping crowd wishes that they did. As an aside the NPR article surprisingly did not mention cotton candy or bubble gum instead they just mentioned ‘fruit flavors’. I also felt the article itself was very impartial. The advertising I don’t really have a problem with either. I found vaping through word of mouth mostly. My son recommended e-cigs to me then a friend of mine recommended vaping. I think the fear over the flavors and the advertising is misguided. Neither of those things are marketing towards children no matter how many if the busybodies say so and no one is taking up smoking after vaping. If they are they’re stupid.
This is not to say that we shouldn’t be wary of what the FDA will want to rule on in the future. The last thing that vaping needs is to be taxed like cigarettes are. In theory since vaping doesn’t have the same impact on healthcare that smoking does that it wouldn’t be taxed as much. However, if more people start vaping rather than smoking the government may miss that particular cash cow and will look for something else to tax heavily. Let’s hope it won’t be our favorite little hobby.
4 thoughts on “Why vapers shouldn’t freak out about the new FDA rules…yet”
Ok i work at a vapor shop and we are a juice company all of our liquids have three ingredients or two minimum. Our liquid nic is FDA approved, our PG/VG is as well. Now i could see regulating companies to only be able to sell safe nicotine levels not like a crazy 64mg nic. And i believe that minors shouldn’t be able to use or purchase this product because prior smokers know that they wouldn’t wish a cig on a child to use because it forms a habit, and vaping shouldn’t be used as a gateway habit. Now i do not fully agree with the bill because yes it seems to push out small business and go towards big tobacco companies. Vaping is a very safe alternative even said so by a respiratory therapist and cardiovascular surgeon in my local town. What wont help the vaping community is the profanity will only make the FDA lose any interest in petitions or practical views. The FDA needs to be approached with medical facts and personal testimonies on how electronic vaporizers have changed lives for the better. Safety is another issue which can be resolved with child resistant bottles and safety features that prevent child use.
Example1. Smoke from cigarettes create more than 4,000 chemicals. They contain at least 50 carcinogens with several of them being poisonous. E-juice for vaping devices can have as low as 2 ingredients, and the number of chemicals created from vaping e-juice wouldn’t even reach 0.05% from that of a traditional cigarette. This makes cigarettes obsolete and it isn’t the question of “Should electronic vaporizers be banned?” Yet instead the question should be “Since Vaping devices have been established in the United States and provide a far more superior alternative to a cigarette, and is far less harmful than a cigarette then why aren’t Cigarettes being banned instead?”
The Answer to this is that vaping devices have yet had a tax on the nicotine or devices themselves on top of the standard state tax, and until so the government officials that are filling their pockets on a tobacco industries dime with tax money will continue to do so and be against vaping because it threatens their wallets.
Our government has released so many TRUTH adds and spent so much money to make the government look like they are against smoking but when a safe alternative comes down the red carpet the officials turn it away. Its All about the money and always will be. We will have to sacrifice and find a median or we will lose our vaping privileges, and honestly i don’t mind paying extra for my vaping if it allows the freedom if I have to use my vaporizer so i don’t go back to cigarettes. Health costs people these days and a better health is vaping instead of smoking, so when it is put like that how much would you be willing to pay for your better health and what would you be willing to sacrifice?
Great comment Jamie. Thank you for posting.
You do realize the details by now…Every piece of kit would need to be Approved. From drip tip to atty tomod…each juice flavor AND strength! Thats a whole lot of things to say No to. And each No still cost more than any small vendor can afford.
You points are Valid but the rest of the story needs to be screamed from the Rooftops! Our Vendors will be out of Business and we will be slaves to Big Tobacco if we do not do Everything possible to stop these “deeming” words from becoming the law of the land.
Molecule Labs will stay in buisness and will become Big Vapor(as opposed to big tobacco)