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.