The FDA Regulation on ENDS (Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems)

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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:

  • The manufacturing of electronic cigarette devices and other NRT products
  • Importing and exporting of ENDS
  • Labelling of e-liquids and other NRT products
  • Advertising and Promotion

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:

  • Taxes on vaping products are remitted to the government (we are not only killing the use of tobacco, we’re helping the government, so yay!)
  • The quality of vaping products will always be top caliber if manufacturers have to go with a screening process and will need the proper business permits to operate.
  • The manufacturing process needs to comply with health standards, so we can rest assured that we are vaping e-liquid that is free from contaminants
  • Prices are regulated, so the chances of hurting local e-liquid brewers and mod makers are slim.
  • Fly by night manufacturers, especially e-liquid makers will be completely eradicated.

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.

Learn more about the regulation here.

Got anything to say about this issue? Please feel free to post your comments below.

Rafael Deramas

Rafael Deramas is a digital marketer and a vaping advocate. He started vaping to reduce smoking back in 2011, and has fully quit cigarettes for 2 years and counting. He is also an e-liquid manufacturer and vape shop owner.

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