Big changes may be coming to both the cigarette and vaping industries that will impact the sales of vaporizers, vape pens, dry herb vaporizers and even e-juice. There are currently three FDA regulations that could change the vaping community, if passed: the pre-market tobacco application for related products, a limit on the amount of nicotine contained in tobacco products, and flavor bans on e-juice.
The pre-market tobacco application (PMTA) is not a new revelation for seasoned vape shop owners, but even users of dry herb vaporizers should listen up. The FDA warned of the regulations against tobacco-related products back in 2016 and gave until August of 2018 to submit applications for the legal sale of these items. However, the FDA recently pushed back the application deadline to 2022, giving shop owners a bit more time to update their products to fit new standards and the FDA more time to produce research on these devices, namely vaporizers.
The FDA has stated that its goal is to make tobacco products less toxic, less appealing and less addictive. While this could spell the end for many vaporizer producers, the products that remain on the market will be of upmost quality for the consumer—keeping vaporizers’ reputation as the healthier alternative to smoking intact.
In 2022, producers will need to apply for FDA approval for each of their products before legal sales can resume. It is reported that the FDA is also looking to enforcing these regulations with “Vape Inspectors” to frequently verify compliance. While the cannabis industry is no stranger to regulation compliance, it’s relatively new territory for the vaping community.
Another initiative the FDA is looking to roll out as early as this year is the restriction on nicotine levels present in each cigarette or electronic nicotine delivery system, such as vape pens. Their goal here is to “help” smokers quit their dangerous habit, prevent new smokers from becoming addicted, and effectively save tens of thousands of lives every year.
Again, the FDA is only gathering information at this point, but this law could cause huge changes to vaping companies creating their own juices. Some skeptics of the proposed action have already questioned whether or not smokers will supplement their cigarettes with other nicotine sources to increase the concentration. Some worry this will eventually lead to a ban on all liquid forms of nicotine. Perhaps, like the cannabis industry, the tobacco industry will resort to medicinal benefit studies of their product to justify its various product forms.
In keeping with their goal to make tobacco products less appealing to children, the FDA is considering a ban on certain flavors of e-juice. Some speculate they will pass a blanket ban on all but tobacco and menthol-related flavors. The cannabis industry experienced similar regulations recently, preventing the sale of products resembling candy or those marketed with cartoon characters. Various e-juice flavors are what made the transition from cigarettes to vaporizers easier for many smokers, but the benefits may not be enough to outweigh the costs the FDA has in mind.