How will FDA regulation affect the vape industry
Posted on April 22 2019
I think all of you vapers should have known something about the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) regulation, which results in a great impact in electronic cigarette’s industry. Let’s learn something about it today.
What does the regulation do?
The FDA came out with new rules(1) that extend its authority over tobacco regulations to all related products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and tobacco pipes.
Sales to people under 18 are prohibited, and buyers under 26 will have to show photo ID.
(Many states have already taken this step, including California, which just passed a law raising the age for purchasing any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, to 21.)
But here’s the most contentious part: E-cig producers will be required to go through a lengthy registration and safety review process with the FDA, providing lists of ingredients—including potentially harmful additives—manufacturing details, and evidence that the product is safe. Manufacturers will have up to two years to sell their products while readying their applications, and up to one additional year while the FDA reviews them.
Maybe you can understand the regulation easily through the pictures below.
Why is the FDA taking this action?
A 2014 CDC report found that 3.7% of the U.S. adult population, or more than 9 million people, use e-cigarettes every day. Much of the demand for e-cigarettes is being driven by smokers and former smokers that view vaping as safer than inhaling smoke from burning tobacco — a claim that is hotly debated. But e-cigarettes and similar products have also made inroads among young adults. More than one in five Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 report having used e-cigarettes at least once, and 5% report vaping on a daily basis. And unlike their older counterparts who see e-cigarettes as healthier alternatives or smoking cessation aids, nearly 10% of young adults who use e-cigarettes report never having smoked tobacco cigarettes at all.
Part of the reason young people are vaping is because, for years, there were no prohibitions against it. Because e-cigarettes were new and didn’t contain tobacco, the escaped they regulatory eye of the FDA. Until recently, state governments were the only bodies stepping in to regulate the e-cigarette industry. And even then, e-cigarette alternatives such as vape pens, are not included in most restrictions. The upshot of this regulatory patchwork was that in several places, minors had access to e-cigarettes or other vape products.
What is happening now?
On the 20th of May 2017, the Tobacco & Related Products Regulations (TRPR) will completely kick into action. The TRPR is the UK’s interpretation of the revised Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) which was introduced by the European Commission two years ago. These regulations are a catch-all for the tobacco industry, but have been updated to include vaping products. From the end of May all vaping products which contain (or could contain) nicotine are subject to the regulations.
What is the impact on the industry?
There is no doubt that this regulation will cause a huge impact in the whole vape industry, all of them are panicking, no matter individual consumers, shopkeepers, or wholesalers, even the manufacturers.
“This regulation would destroy the vapor products industry and hand the market to Big Tobacco,” says Greg Conley, President of the American Vaping Association. “It’s prohibition,” Conley argues that because the FDA registration is so onerous—regulatory consulting agency SciLucent LLC estimates the applications will cost manufacturers millions of dollars per product to complete—small producers will go under. This, he worries, would leave only tobacco industry brands.
There are thousands of small business jobs in the United States that are dependent upon this industry remaining healthy and vibrant. The implementation of regulations means that thousands of mom and pop vape shops and smaller manufacturers will face the possibility of losing their businesses altogether.
The fact is...
The new rules also apply to cigars and hookah products, but at least those products actually contain tobacco.
Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine extracted from tobacco, but considering them the equivalent of cigarettes is an affront to common sense and medical science. There's no combustion, no smoke and no tar in e-cigarettes, along with fewer cancer-causing chemicals... One study from the United Kingdom found that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than their combustible cousins. Driving e-cigarettes out of the marketplace, as the FDA's new rules are almost certain to do, will make it harder for nicotine-addicted smokers to kick the habit by taking up a safer alternative.
Despite all those arguments, perhaps the best example of the absurdity of the FDA's decision to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products is a simple fact that vaping doesn't involve tobacco. In fact, some e-cigarette makers offer "tobacco free" nicotine that is synthesized in a lab or produced from other types of plants, like tomatoes and green peppers.
However, FDA regulation is now working no matter how we talk about this topic. But the result is definitely not what we want to see. The only thing we hope, it's officials will understand how the rule defines the FDA's obligation to protect public health through further review.What is your opinion on this topic, as a vaper? Maybe together can do something about it!!! I will appreciate your comments here.
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