Vaping rules get tough in the USA

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USA comes under more Vaping restrictions!

Monday the 8th August saw yet more vaping restrictions coming into force in the USA.

The US Food and Drug administrator’s wicked new laws mean that nearly all current electronic cigarette products, from e liquid to vape pens, that have been on the market to date will have to go through a rigorous application process to determine whether they can continue to be sold in vape shops and on line.

2009 was when the US Food and Drug administrators started to push for tighter legislation of all things relating to e cigs and finally they got their wish.

The news laws will make it harder for young vapers, which is not a bad thing, to take up the habit as it will reduce the availability of nicotine to minors.

The age limit for being allowed to sell to customers has been raised from 18 to 21. This is an easy thing to keep in check in a shop environment where you can ask each customer who looks under age for their ID but will prove more difficult with on line vaping sales.

The FDA new law means that all online stores have to perform what is called a’ bluecheck’ on each customer. One of the USA’s largest online vaping companies explained what a ‘bluecheck’ entailed for themselves and their customers who will now have to take a selfie with their ID and also include the last four digits of their social security number. This then has to be checked by their company to make sure they are not underage before they can purchase products.

Customers are concerned about on line security and safety and just don’t want the hassle of having to do this.
Vaping has been growing in popularity over the years but vaping within the young has also been rising fast. The centres for disease control and prevention give a rise from 1.5% in 2011 to 16% in 2015 in the use of electronic cigarettes within students in high school in America.

Anti-tobacco health organisations continue to raise concerns that vaping and vaping products are being used by the younger generations as a gateway to smoking, whereas vaping groups say that these same youngsters would have taken up smoking regardless with the far greater threat to their health compared to vaping.

The FDA has given manufacturers 2 years to be able to keep selling their current products while new production applications are submitted. They have them given them an additional year in which to sell while the FDA reviews all information received.
The new law now means that retailers in the USA will not be allowed to sell products in a vending machine, unless in an adult only venue or to give away free samples for people to try. They will also not be allowed to offer customers the ‘try before you buy’ sell, which lets customers try the flavour they are interested in first before they purchase a whole bottle.

Retailers in the USA are also not allowed to promote vaping and sing its praises. Comments like ‘vaping is less harmful than smoking’, even though it has scientifically been found to be true, should not be used when selling to customers or using success stories to promote vaping and help an undecided smoker to give them a try, will also not be allowed.

Many vaping groups worry that these new laws will see vaping decline dramatically and they have already launched a legal battle to stop the FDA, they worry that if they do not succeed in changing the FDA’s new law, the vapour industry will shrink to almost nothing by August, 2018.

Let’s hope that the powers that be finally see sense and stop their continued onslaught on the Vaping industry and see it for what it is! A safer way to get your nicotine hit without subjecting your body to the 1000 plus chemicals that are contained in regular cigarettes.


Charles Marsh

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