August 8, 2016 marked a historic day for vapers and vape shops everywhere as the FDA cracked down on the sale of new and old vaping products. Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act the FDA (US Food and Drug Association) will now refer to all vaping products as “tobacco products.”
So what exactly does this mean for vaping and vape shops?
The ruling is being described by George Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, as a “two-year countdown to FDA prohibition of 99.9% of vapor products on the market.” That seems to be a strong claim to back, but he he stands by it and goes further to say that if the ruling is not reversed, the vaping industry will be minimal after two years.
To grasp this statement, let’s analyze what exactly is addressed under the ruling and how that will affect vaping shops everywhere:
Virtually Everything Is A Tobacco Product
This means that vaping products are now subject to regulation by the FDA, including nicotine-free and synthetic nicotine products. This bestows a limit on what products can and cannot be sold. Thus vape shops may not be able to sell your favorite product to you, now or in the near future.
Furthermore, if the product wasn’t commercially marketed on August 8 it cannot be legally introduced into the market. Modifications to current products can neither occur.
Changes For Vape Shop Owners/Employees
There are manifold new storeowner regulations concerning age confirmation, free samples, labeling, and even aiding customers with setup. You’ll want to learn more and update yourself on all the present regulations in effect as there will be surely more to come. The next big date is December 31, 2016 when manufacturers (including importers) must register their establishment(s) and distinct products in order to continue selling in the US.
You can visit the American Vaping Association’s website for further news on the FDA ruling and how you will be affected.