It’s indeed a sad end of week for vape enthusiasts in the US following the new FDA e-cigarette rule to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products. This new rule will greatly affect the vaping industry. Read on to find out about the new regulation.
Feds announce much tougher e-cigarette, cigar rule
A new FDA e-cigarette rule was put into place on May 5th announcing that electronic cigarettes will now be regulated much like tobacco cigarettes. The sale of vaping products was also banned. The new rule will now require U.S. FDA to approve all tobacco products not currently regulated that hit stores after February 2007. The Tobacco Control Act of 2009 sets Feb. 15, 2007, as the latest date by which all tobacco products would have to have to be grandfathered in.
The new regulation will also affect premium, hand-rolled cigars, as well as hookah and pipe tobacco. The FDA officials have termed this new regulation as “historic” and will prohibit selling “covered tobacco products” to people younger than 18, and buyers must show photo ID. Manufacturers of vape products will also be required to display health warnings on cigarette tobacco, roll-your own tobacco, and covered tobacco product packages and in advertisements. The new rule has also banned free samples and the sale of covered products in vending machines not located in adult-only facilities.
Read more on this sad news on the USA Today.
Why is the government out to destroy vaping?
E-cigarettes were introduced into the market with the aim of assisting smokers quit. The vaping devices are believed to reduce harm from smoking by 95%. Unfortunately, unlike other value added products, e-cigarettes have received negative appreciation from various corners, especially by various governments around the world. The reaction has been silence at times, outright suppression at others. There have been plenty of lies to accompany this bizarre smear campaign.
Despite studies such as a recent one by the Britain’s Royal College of Physicians that found that if smokers switched to e-cigarettes, it would “prevent almost all of the harm from smoking,” e-cigarettes are still being opposed. Instead of pretending vaping is nearly as dangerous as smoking, those against it should tell the truth. What the critics need to understand is that if regulation “makes e-cigarettes less easily accessible, less palatable or acceptable, more expensive, less consumer friendly or pharmacologically less effective, or inhibits innovation and development of new and improved products, then it causes harm by perpetuating smoking.”
Check out the rest of the opinion piece on The New York Post.