Vaporizers have become included in the FDA’s regulation on tobacco products. Just in 2016, the FDA finalized the rule in regulating vaporizers, e-cigarettes, and other nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), to be implemented really soon.
This includes the following:
Some accessories and parts however, are excluded for obvious reasons (because there’s no sense in regulating organic cotton).
There’s nothing wrong with regulating vaping products and other nicotine replacement therapy products in my opinion. Vaping ingredients aren’t really “pharmaceutical grade” and may be purchased online very easily. It is important that manufacturers are regulated, and here are the benefits of it:
There are only a few issues that I have with this. Isn’t it that electronic cigarettes and other NRT alternatives were designed to help people quit the use of tobacco, not encourage it? So why would you include it into the section of tobacco regulation? People aren’t stupid, and as ex-smokers, we know the big difference between vaping and smoking. Yes, it is a smoking alternative but no, it’s not tobacco.
The Federal rules for selling ENDS have been set, which may be found here. It’s basically just the same rules for selling tobacco, and we shouldn’t really be selling vaping products to minors so there’s nothing to be mad about that. I just want to clarify that part on not giving free samples. Does that mean that it is now illegal to use testers on vape shops? Come on America. You’re better than this,
Regulating vaping is ok in my opinion, but the FDA should do a little more research to keep themselves from looking stupid. Unless hard evidence is presented, no, we wouldn’t consider vaping devices as “tobacco” products.
We have to admit that vaping is addictive, and there is a point in regulating it, but if the sole purpose would be to save the tobacco industry, then go to hell, FDA.
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