Are we any closer to saving vaping from the FDA?
August 8th has come and gone. Has anything been done in the hopes of saving vaping from the onerous FDA regulations now in effect?
2016 has been a crazy year for vaping. Ever since the August 8th regulations have come into force the ticking time bomb has started. In 2018 99% of vaping products on the market will become illegal unless they undergo an extensive premarket examination.
This would not be a problem if the examination was not estimated to cost between $300,000 and $1,000,000 per application. Every flavor of e-liquid that wants to be sold after August the 8th 2018 needs to have gone through this process.
Originally the FDA wanted to classify all of the different nicotine levels of the same flavor of e-liquid as different products. This would have meant that in addition to getting every individual flavor of e-liquid approved. They would have to have every variation of nicotine concentration approved.
Thankfully the FDA removed that stipulation. Now e-liquid only needs to undergo one approval process per flavor. However, some of the smaller vape companies still cannot afford to do this. Even with each flavor only needing to be approved once. There are other stipulations the FDA are enforcing. Apart from the premarket application. Things like promotional codes and free giveaways will be banned, and vape shops cannot help customers set up their e-cigs. But the approval process is the big one, it’s what will kill vaping.