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FDA Announces E-Cigarette Regulations

FDA E-Cig RegulationsThe tobacco deeming regulations were announced this week by the federal government, after years of speculation as to how they would impact the electronic cigarettes industry. As the industry has long been unregulated, it was a continuous discussion that everyone knew wasn’t about if; it was about when. Well, that when is now, and if Congress doesn’t act to overturn these rules, there is the potential for the industry to be quite negatively as a result.

The most confounding aspect of these regulations is that the FDA is categorizing an entire industry’s worth of products that contain no tobacco, as tobacco products. This is done simply to adhere to the February 2007 “grandfather date” and does not account for the thousands of products that simply did not exist at that time. For companies that manufacture vapor products, being able to keep their products on the market will require lengthy paperwork for every product sold, with application costs that can reach as high as $1 million per application. Not many companies, outside of the massive few, and those owned by cigarette companies will be able to front this. And simply, this type of regulation, which targets a growing market is blatantly wrong.

These initial regulations are still being examined, and some rules are less concrete than others, at the moment. Some of the regulations that will go into effect 90 days from now include:

  • No free samples of vapor products can be distributed
  • No sales via vending machines
  • Age verification will be required for purchase, as no sales will be permitted to those under 18, whether online or in retail locations

However, other areas of the nearly 500 page text detailing the deeming regulations are less set in stone, and subject to Congress overturning them. It certainly goes without say, the entire vapor products industry as well as all the researchers involved in examining the benefits of e-cigarettes have been up in arms. There is an overwhelming amount of support for these products, and many feel the positives they possess far outweigh the few negatives.

Currently there is a lot going on as the vape Industry prepares to fight for our rights of equality and by no means is this the end. We have long been ready for these regulations, and we are urging our customers to sign this petition to make it clear to the White House, and to Congress how beneficial vapor products are, and how destructive this type of legislation can be.

To all of our customers, we are here to support you throughout it all, and we look forward to continuing to serve you with the finest in vapor for years to come.

Welsh Ban on E-Cig Use in Public Overturned!

shutterstock_192564356Several weeks ago, a public health bill in Wales was erected in an effort to ban the usage of electronic cigarettes and similar devices in public. Both Liberal Democrats and Conservative members of the Welsh Assembly opposed the ban, however the Labor Party was able to extract a considerable amount of support from the Plaid Cymru members to get it passed. As should be done with all shady backdoor dealings that do not benefit the public, who will ultimately feel the brunt of such bans, this bill didn’t stand a chance. While it existed momentarily, due to the hard work and tireless diligence of vapers and vapers’ advocates, the bill was shot down on account of pressure applied in regards to a lack of evidence.

As with many situations occurring globally, in which vaping has become politicized, and politicians have gotten involved for reasons beyond the greater good of the people, this Welsh vaping ban is a prime example of manipulation. This particular bill was the work of UK Health Minister Mark Drakeford, who blatantly ignored the vast amount of research presented, favoring his own prejudiced-based opinion to pass it. As Drakeford has a longstanding history of opposition to vapor devices, claiming from his own opinion that vapor methods are the “least effective” method to be used for quitting smoking. His actions angered not only vapers in the UK, with advocates for vaping becoming vehemently outraged, numerous public health agencies reacted with similar disapproval. Despite Drakeford’s inherent sense of personal self-importance, the scientific and public health communities were clearly not accepting of it. This ban was opposed by Cancer Research UK, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and the Royal college of Physicians Wales, among many others.

However, victory on behalf of justice prevailed. it did not even take a full 2 weeks before counter action was implemented. Those who opposed the ban fought against it by using evidence-based research. They made a clear case to the Welsh Assembly, who then understood that they were lied to, as scientific information was knowingly withheld from them.

New York Rules State Law Does Designates Vaping As NOT Smoking

shutterstock_217325623“Vaping is not the same as smoking.” Vapers have repeated it for years, and finally the law is agreeing.

This week, a New York court ruled that under state law, vapers cannot be charged in violation of the state’s anti-smoking laws because as reality proves, vaping is not smoking.

Shawn Thomas was vaping on a subway platform, and when he was arrested, he was charged under state law, which does not designate using electronic cigarettes in public as illegal. Though in New York City the use of electronic cigarettes is banned in public places under the Smoke Free Air Act, it is not a state law, and this is exactly where Thomas was able to defend his actions and fight the charges he was assigned. In his favor, the judge ruled that smoking laws cannot be applied to vaping.

Vapers have always known this, and anyone else with common sense could have figured it out easily. Smoking involves tobacco, and cigarettes, and fire to light them, creating combustion, resulting in the burning of the plant matter, creating smoke. That’s the basic gist of smoking. Vaping, however, is an entirely different action, and it involves none of the above aspects of the process. Alternative cigarettes use nicotine e-liquid, burns nothing, produces vapor, dissipates without odor, uses no fire, creates no combustion, and does not produce smoking of the device. Clearly, no smoke involved.

This latest action in New York is an evident sign of reform occurring, showing that acceptance, though small, is happening, and however minute it may be, the fact that lawmakers are recognizing the difference is major. As the threat of FDA regulations looms, with the fear that they will attempt to classify vaping as smoking permanently, it is a very promising sign that awareness is occurring. While cases such as Shawn Thomas’ are going to be handled on an individual basis, and New York City will not be altering their Smoke Free Air Act anytime soon, any positive, justified action is a good sign!

CASAA Call to Action: Stop FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulations

CASAA Call to Action for Bill HR 2058Right now, the very existence of the electronic cigarette and vapor products industry is being challenged, and if the FDA has their way, these products may not be available for sale within the next 2 – 4 years. No, this is not some crazy exaggeration or spun-off news story; it’s for real!

Last week, the CASAA, or the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association released a national, and urgent call to action for the entire industry, pleading with everyone involved to make it known to those in Washington DC, as well as to local representatives, how unfair, detrimental, and harmful such regulations will be, as well as to ask for support in favor of Bill HR 2058. Within the first few days of the announcement, thousands of vapers were calling in and emailing the White House, to the extent of making it nearly impossible to get through. Yeah, it’s that major!

Bill HR 2058 is a counter to the FDA’s Tobacco Deeming Regulations, which date back to 2007, and were in regards to the earliest electronic/ vapor cigarette devices. If these regulations are allowed to go into effect, 99.9% of all alternative tobacco-type products will be removed from sale, and vapers will be left with no options. The industry has evolved many times over in that time, and these regulations have no place governing, banning, or controlling the products currently on the market. Also, in the past 8 years, millions of smokers have switched to vapor cigarettes, showing that not only has this trend failed to fade away, but also that consumers are taking full advantage of their many choices and are able to control their habits much more profoundly than traditional cigarettes allowed.

This life-changing, highly beneficial, amazing industry is at stake, and if you are among the millions whose life has been positively affected by vapor products, please show your support by making a call to the White House and emailing your local Congressional Representatives and Senators asking for their support of Bill HR 2058. Consumers deserve the right to options; don’t allow yours to be taken!

Where to Call: The White House: (202) 456-1111

Alternate Number: (202) 456-1414

Where to send an email to Support HR 2058 – Send an Email

 

National Parks Enforce E-Cigarette & Vapor Ban

National Parks Ban E-CigsAhh, there is nothing quite like the majesty of the great outdoors. It’s all about picnics, camping and even that whacky John Candy film from way back when. But if you enjoy a good vape while relaxing out and about in nature, you may want to reconsider America’s national parks.

Do to a new measure that was immediately put into effect by the National Parks Service, electronic cigarettes and vapor products of any kind are now banned nationwide. Regardless if it’s the Everglades, Yellowstone or Yosemite, vaping clouds in big sky country is now a thing of the past.

To protect the health of patrons, this new regulation serves as an extension of the ban on all tobacco products within National Parks concessions, government owned and operated National Parks facilities, and their accompanying vehicles. Citing the health and safety of its visitors and employees alike, this unfortunate regulation fails to recognize that electronic cigarettes, and their emitted vapor, are not in fact, smoke.

Yet even with the widely known common knowledge that electronic cigarettes, also known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, (or ENDS), are in fact electronic, such regulation misses the point that they are an entirely different product altogether. Factor in the reality that no harm has been proven to come as a result of being exposed to first hand vapor, or second hand vapor, this faulty regulation has discrimination written all over it.

Nevertheless, whether or not this law was enacted in an effort to protect the land and natural resources of our national parks themselves, the threat of an unintentional forest fire directly attributed to e-cigs or any vapor device is farfetched. Even the batteries of e-cigarettes accidentally igniting and causing a blaze are about as probable as a cell phone battery in a similar predicament.

And the National Parks Services certainly won’t be banning cell phones anytime soon, will they? 

Teen Vaping: Trendy Gateway or Typical Experimentation?

E-Cigarette-Age-LimitTeens and vaping have been a very hot subject as of late. There’ve been many reports of high school aged teens getting into vaping and it is getting much discussion in the press this week.

So, are teenagers getting into the habit of nicotine now at a higher rate than previously reported? Are electronic cigarettes truly serving as a gateway into a smoking habit? Will this have the consequence of creating a new generation of tobacco smokers? Is the e-cigarette industry to blame for marketing their products in such a way that is enticing to the youth?

Well, to answer these questions bluntly, the answer is no.

Teen vaping has become a topic of discussion because it is very much is a given. As the anti-tobacco coalition has been pushing hard for decades to keep cigarettes out of the hands of minors, and with cigarette use by teens increasingly on the decline, seeing any slight uptick in teen smoking is cause for examination. As a whole, teens are not looking at electronic cigarettes as a way to start smoking, and using e-cigarettes is not having the effect of introducing teens to smoking, leading them to begin smoking cigarettes as a result.

Typically, teenagers are into experimenting. On the verge of adulthood, you can expect those pesky teens to get into just about everything; from alcohol, to drugs, to crime (both petty and extreme) to breaking curfews and testing their parents’ rules. It comes with the territory that teens are going to be poking their underage fingers into things they don’t belong in, and that is precisely why age restrictions are being enforced, and responsible e-cigarette brands and retailers will be doing their best to keep their products out of the hands of underage persons.

Recent statistics have stated that teenage usage of e-cigarettes has been increasing, with a report from Forbes magazine stating that current numbers have shown that electronic cigarette use by high schoolers has rose from 1.5% to 4.5%, and this figure includes teens who have stated that they have used e-cigarettes at least one time in a 30-day period. While at first glance, a 3% increase is alarming for some, it must be taken into account that the majority of the teens who are vaping are seeking alternatives to traditional cigarettes.

The e-cigarette industry as a whole is focused on adult usage, and products are designed and marketed to the adult population. It must be noted that the majority of electronic cigarette companies are not gearing their products towards impressionable young people, and teens are an inherently curious sector. While numbers have not been published as of yet, stating how many teens are using e-cigarettes as an introduction to the world of smoking tobacco, it is highly unlikely anyone will be.

E-cigarettes in Public

1399608977000-e-cigaretteWith the recent talks about electronic cigarette regulations, and more discussion on the products in general, one subject that continues to be approached is whether electronic cigarettes should be used in public. New York City recently implemented a ban on their usage in public places, categorizing them right along with traditional cigarettes, even though they are entirely different. What do you feel on the subject matter?

Obviously users and those in this industry feel they should be able to be used freely, as they are not the same as traditional cigarettes, they do not contain tobacco, and they do not emit smoke. While those on the other side of the argument feel they should not be tolerated in public because they recreate the experience, they do emit something, and because of a lack of testing we do not know if they carry a second hand smoke risk.

While their concerns are definitely worth addressing, electronic cigarettes can be used amidst a crowd and not even produce the faintest hint of an odor. Many people have used them covertly in public without being detected whatsoever, which is an obvious sign that they are not producing something relative of smoke.

Perhaps the most important thing in this debate would be to stress the importance of education. While it is one thing to believe every rumor and spread of propaganda being published, electronic cigarettes only continue to grow in popularity, and users are not experiencing negative affects the way they did with traditional cigarettes. It is extremely important for those who are not aware of what electronic cigarettes really are, what they contain, what they emit, and what their effects are to have a true understanding, and hopefully in time the public will become more aware and educated.

For those who have no true experience with the products, it can be easy to judge them and write them off as no different than cigarettes, however that isn’t the case. For example, traditional cigarettes are filled with not only tobacco, but tobacco that has been treated with a variety of thousands of additives, many of which are toxic. E-cigarettes contain a very small number of ingredients in them, no added toxins, and many companies disclose their formulas.

So, while many are unsure of electronic cigarettes and whether they have a right to be used in public, this decision should be looked at with facts as a basis. They are not traditional tobacco cigarettes, they are cigarette alternatives that produce clouds of vapor, and that is how they should be regarded, whether used in public or private.

E-Cigarette Regulations Announced

gavelThis week brought about a lot of news that the FDA was very much set to begin electronic cigarette regulations. While the regulations they plan to begin imposing are certainly not unexpected news for the industry, it’s been a long time coming, with all e-cigarette companies awaiting to know what the industry would eventually be facing.

Yesterday, US health officials proposed rules that would prohibit the sales of e-cigarettes, including both products and liquids, to minors. This is exactly the kind of regulating the e-cigarette industry was hoping for, and what those against e-cigarettes have been claiming makes the products dangerous. This proposal is the first attempt in the US to start regulating these devices, and it did not include recommendations that restrict online advertising, or online sales.

To the happiness of most e-smokers, regulations at this time will not be limiting the sale of flavored liquids, as was previously suspected. E-cigarette opposition groups have long cited that flavored e-liquids were enticing to children, even though the vast majority of electronic cigarette users are not under the age of 18. Most brands selling electronic cigarettes have not permitted minors to purchase from their sites, understanding the importance.

The electronic cigarette industry is expected to hit the $2 billion mark this year, and even with cities such as New York imposing their on e-cigarette bans, the popularity of these products continues to grow. If the industry were faced with limitations regarding the sale of flavors, it would most likely be catastrophic, because so many users have come to truly enjoy the wide range of flavor options.

Restricting the usage and sale of e-cigarettes to minors is an obvious move; the products are intended and created for use by adults only. However, it is great to see the regulations moving in a responsible way, and not creating a disservice to the adults who use the products with success.