FDA Changes Implemented, Dire Consequences For Industry
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration’s “deeming” regulations became active in the US and the vaping community has already sustained damage. Acquiescing to the terms dictated by the FDA, e-cig businesses can no longer introduce new exciting vaping products without undergoing a federal review, carried out by the FDA themselves.
Products currently on the markets can be sold for two years as a grace period before they will be prohibited. The vaping community and industry argue that the changes will suffocate the e-cig market, putting firms out of business and kill more in the long run as e-cigs are already recognised as 95% safer. Also, vape shop owners in the US can no longer offer free samples, which will likely lead to far less smokers making the switch to the healthier e-cigs.
Supposedly, the FDA aims to sever the young generation’s attraction to e-cigs. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who previously pressed the FDA for greater clarification on their regulation, has criticised the body as the regulations could threaten the e-cig industry. “Today, costly and time-consuming regulations will go into effect against hard-working small business owners and job creators and their customers,” says Johnson. “The FDA threatens to crush the emerging electronic-cigarette industry, leading to negative unintended consequences for public health by making it harder for consumers to buy products that serve as an alternative to smoking.”