Official: FDA – Vaping Essentially Banned

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UPDATE: While writing this story, news broke that regulations have been issued. They will now be regulated the same way as cigarettes. Under this regulation, the FDA will have to approve all tobacco products not currently regulated that hit stores after February 2007, or essentially every product on the market today.

So this isn’t just covering devices either. Every flavor of e-liquid and every strength variation will require FDA approval. With each application costing up to $1,000,000.00 we highly recommend you start stocking up on juices.

Please contact your representatives and share this story ASAP! We all need your help!

We have also just found the FDA released statements: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm499234.htm. So in 90 Days there will be the following changes:

  • Not allowing products to be sold to persons under the age of 18 years (both in person and online);
  • Requiring age verification by photo ID;
  • Not allowing the selling of covered tobacco products in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility); and
  • Not allowing the distribution of free samples.

Then there will be a staggered timeline allowing manufacturers 2 years to continue selling while they submit applications. They can offer up to an additional year while the FDA approves the application for new products which means it’s going to be a lengthy process.

In order for manufacturers to comply they will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Registering manufacturing establishments and providing product listings to the FDA;
  • Reporting ingredients, and harmful and potentially harmful constituents;
  • Requiring premarket review and authorization of new tobacco products by the FDA;
  • Placing health warnings on product packages and advertisements; and
  • Not selling modified risk tobacco products (including those described as “light,” “low,” or “mild”) unless authorized by the FDA.

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In a bit of shocking and potentially terrible news, the FDA could be announcing regulations today before the grandfather date is adjusted by congress. According to USA Today, industry officials and health advocates say federal officials will issue a long-awaited final rule Thursday that would regulate electronic cigarettes and premium cigars the same way as cigarettes and regular cigars. If the FDA does stick to the date of February 2007 in these rulings, it would essentially harm the vaping industry potentially beyond repair since almost all devices did not exist on the market before then.

Mitch Zeller (head of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products) has said in which he cannot choose a different date than February 15th, 2007 because of the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The bit of hope we have here is that industry officials tend to disagree with him. We also are offered hope in the fact that the House is working on an amendment to the appropriations legislation that has passed the House Appropriations Committee. As we all know, things take forever to get passed in Washington, so we hope they will speed things up!

The proposed rules were released just over 2 years ago back in April 2014. Activists from both side have been submitting their thoughts and opinions ever since. While we aren’t sure what the result will be, it sounds like a middle ground is being met in preventing an outright ban but also tightening things up substantially in the industry. Another silver lining to this is that the rule is anticipated to give the industry two additional years to comply with new regulations for registration. So make sure you contact your house representatives to try and rush things through on the amendment to the grandfather date. They are proposing a date of 21 months beyond the date regulations are passed.

Many officials in the industry are saying that it could cost $1,000,000.00 (let that sink in) or more for each application with the FDA under rules. That means for every product variation they have, they would need to go through this process. We believe this will all but hand the industry to the likes of big tobacco. It certainly will put a damper on new innovations after the compliance period begins which means the best devices you’ll get are out there today.

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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5 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    This is absolutely RIDICULOUS!!!
    I cannot believe they are trying to put a muzzle on the Vaping Industry like this.. for Christ’s sake, what in the hell is wrong with these people ? I’m honestly confused on WHY they have these garbage, cancerous, nasty, ruthless cigarette manufacturer’s and they allow them to be sold, even though they are 100% ABSOLUTLEY known to CAUSE CANCER!! Yet, they want to make it extremely difficult for those of us who are doing everything the right way and trying to make a living off supplying those of us who vape a SAFER and HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING. It absolutely makes no sense to me, if they were really on our side, as far as health goes, they would put a HUGE damper on the Tobacco industry, FAR WORSE then the already have, and force smokers to CONVERT over to Vaping instead. That makes more sense than to go ahead and ban/make it damn near impossible to create and make more liquid’s and product’s for vaping. We have seen something strikingly similar to this with Marijuana long ago, the tests that they performed on those monkey’s and marijuana, did you see that? Google it. The ass-holes strapped mask’s or helmet’s over several monkeys head’s and forced them to inhale marijuana being burned and thus making them inhale the fume’s, only problem is they literally SUFFOCATED THE MONKEYS TO DEATH and concluded that marijuana was NO GOOD, NOT BENEFICIAL, AND BANNED IT. Now look at America in modern time’s, marijuana is a booming business as well, and many find marijuana to be of great medicine properties. Very similar to what is happening today with vaping, they do shit test’s, that are ran by a group of IDIOTS who have no idea what a real-life average/expert/beginner is vaping like, instead they put a cartomizer on a battery, and run the damn thing FAR PAST ITS LIMIT, like REALLY FAR PAST ITS LIMIT, creating a horrible nasty disgusting hit that nobody can even take in, and if they do, do you really think people are going to enjoy vaping that way? NO. Absolutely NOT. I’m pretty sure it was those idiots who conducted that test that have influenced the masses that vaping is not only Harmful, but 10-15x more dangerous and cancerous than that of cigarettes!??? You have to be out of your god damn mind to think anybody is actually going to vape like that. The way it works is like this, when someone new is getting into vaping, and they try and get things set up themselves, with nobody’s help, like for an example, they just buy a kit, throw the coil in, juice up and then set the settings randomly and start vaping, okay yeah, they may not set it up correctly, and may or may not burn the coil or atomizer for a bit, but eventually that person is going to realize or ask questions about the burnt taste they are experiencing, and even then, if they are vaping it and somewhat enjoying it, chances are the settings they dialed in are not far from what they should be. And its highly likely that they will ask someone with more experience to help them get the issue figured out. Now if they were to set it completely off, and much higher or much lower than whats recommended, do you really think they are going to enjoy the vape either way? Of course not. they are going to do some independent research or ask a friend or somebody at the local vape shops for help. simple as that…im so upset reading this, it really pisses me off because there are people in the world like me and I’m sure MANY others who spend a lot of time trying to perfect the process of making E-Liquid, or even a device or tank, and we are the ones losing here, not only that, the MASS AMOUNT OF CONSUMERS WHO BUY AND SELL OUR PRODUCTS are not going to be able too anymore because who the hell can afford upwards of $1 million dollars for a stupid FDA application process. Now, if these guys were logical and made regulations that were actually put in place for practical reasoning, like to stop people from creating cheap, non-safe products like e-liquid or devices and coils, I would understand. But the case here simply can be labeled, they are out to completely fuck the vaping community and fuck every business that’s out there trying to push these products to smokers, and ex smokers who need a helping hand. Vaping doesn’t kill, SMOKING DOES. And our American government is completely wrong, somebody needs to overthrow these SOB’s and stop them with there idiotic pointless and flat out STUPID regulations policy.
    One love to everyone out there still vaping and trying to quit smoking cigarettes, better stock up on your favorite juice’s now, because pretty soon things are going to be much different, and I think we all know why and who is going to be liable for the blame.
    signing out,
    this is Brian, with OutlawBlendz

  2. Brian C says:

    They ARE NOT TOBACCO PRODUCTS !! They have no authority to regulate them. As far as I’m concerned, the only legal requirement is possibly that
    the ELECTRONICS be U/L approved.

  3. Jack Zaku says:

    No big surprise. Tobacco products sales have been declining, ecig sales have been increasing. Tada!
    Big tobacco has tons of money. Remember, they are allowed to sell something that they post on their product, will kill you. That is power. I’m ok with age restrictions, I’m ok with ID reqirements, I’m even ok with some guidelines with purity in products. But calling eliquids tobacco is like saying ginger ale is beer. So, unless you are willing to contribute to the cause to fight for your right to vape, prepare to use the big tobacco ecigs, they will be available. Gotcha!

  4. Jester says:

    “Many officials in the industry are saying that it could cost $1,000,000.00 (let that sink in) or more for each application with the FDA under rules.”

    Every article says this but not a single one lists a source. I love how this made up number is floating around out there. It used to be 100K now its a million as the fear mongering is upped because of the big bad FDA. I vape daily and seriously this scare tactic reporting is getting out of hand.

    • Jimmy Hafrey says:

      The issue is Jester no one knows what standard of proof the FDA is going to ask for. The amount of research, testing, retesting, re-approval, specialist consultants and potentially specialist lawyers etc $1-5M isn’t unrealistic at all. The process is designed for big pharma with deep pockets, not the great majority of the vaping industry.

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