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New Regulations for E-Liquid Packaging Hit the Vape World

Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act Regulations E-Liquid packaging is now officially regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as of July 26, 2016. Earlier this year, President Obama signed this legislation into law, as the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it has come to its fulfillment. On the part of the industry as a whole, this has been a very welcome regulation, as it is clear the intention is to ensure safety, and to make the products even safer.

This newest e-cigarette regulation will require all packages of e-liquid that contain nicotine which can be accessed through typical use by a consumer, will require a child resistant cap. All manufacturers will be required to have their packaging tested out, and upon the completion of this testing, they will have to show proof of authenticity with a General Certificate of Conformity.

Packages of e-liquids that contain no nicotine/ 0mg, and those that are prepackaged, sealed upon manufacturing, and disposable containers that are used directly with the electronic cigarettes (cartridges) are exempt from this regulation because these products do not come with the same level of danger as bottles of liquids do.

While this regulation may not come as a surprise for many in the industry, most reputable and responsible brands have taken it upon themselves for quite a while to equip their packages with such safety precautions. And though regulations of any kind are usually met with some resistance, especially when people feel their rights to freedom are being infringed upon, regulations that honestly take into account the need for precautions are the responsible way to go.

All IVG brands have used child-resistant caps on e-liquids for quite some time now, understanding that this type of regulation was going to be occurring one way or another. Clearly that time has come to fruition, and while we are happy to have been ahead of the curve, we look forward to all manufacturers in this industry taking a step in the right direction to ensure safety across the board.  

E-Cig Explodes, Parents Blame Device for Underage Son’s Injuries

E-Cigarette Explosions: Think About Your Safety FirstA teen in Alberta, Canada is recovering from second degree burns that came as a result of an electronic cigarette device exploding as he used it. Currently, media reports are painting it as a situation of a rogue device randomly turning explosive, however they are failing to take into account that the product he was using was much more complex than a basic electronic cigarette. The explosion was most likely the result of improper usage, and perhaps using the wrong variety of battery to power the device. It is possible he did not understand the complexities of working with a mech mod, however, let it be known that despite what the media reports, this situation probably could have been avoided.

There are several things wrong with this story. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. The device this child was using was a mechanical mod. Not a beginner’s device. Not an intermediate device. Rather a device for legit experts, who know exactly what they are doing when it comes to handling serious lithium batteries and building electrical panels yourself.
  2. His parents allowed him to use this thing; at such a tender, experimental age under 18, his parents should have had a better handle of what he was up to and they should have been paying more attention. Now they’re opting to blame the vapor device; real smart to avert the attention away, guys.
  3. Someone actually sold a child this product due to there being no age regulation in this area of Canada? This is stupidity on all levels.
  4. When using mech mods, you have to do a substantial amount of research to understand how they need to be built. Beyond building, people need to be aware that mech mods are inherently DIY devices and there is a definite level of risk in using them. Most companies selling them will make this very, very clear in an effort to educate e-cigarette consumers

So, the real story should be on awareness, not a vague headline designed to scare and distort the reality of e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Safety first, it should be the primary goal of everyone who opts to use a vapor device. If you are going to venture into advanced territory, and attempt to work with devices such as mech mods, please, by all means, know what you’re doing.  

Public Health England: Vaping is 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking

Public Health EnglandAccording to a study published by Public Health England, which is a subsidiary of the (British) Department of Health, electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and they are not a direct threat to the youth in an enticing manner. Pretty nice, convincing findings, right? This same report, with its pro-e-cig leanings, also stated that electronic cigarettes should not be regarded in the same manner as tobacco cigarettes, and even went so far in their endorsement to state that they are looking forward to the future when electronic alternative products, such as these, are used as prescribed medicinal items, prescribed in a manner to help smokers.

Electronic cigarettes, which have been vilified in a multitude of ways, have been touted as a gateway to smoking for the youth, as a mystery product loaded with questionable and/ or unsafe ingredients, and have fallen into the convenient, ever-so-clever catchall of “we do not know enough about them, therefore we cannot make a decision. These products have been the target of much negative press, with countless stories spun out of control in efforts to label the industry as dangerous, however, all the while users have continuously done their own research, and found success using these products on their own terms. Oftentimes, e-cigarette users have managed to harness such control of their smoking by using e-cigarettes, they are able to abandon the habit altogether.

This recent report from the British Department of Health comes as a huge sigh of relief for the industry. It is a public acknowledgement from a reputable government agency, from a reputable nation, making the effort in accepting the potential and promise that electronic cigarettes have in bettering the lives of smokers, instead of propagating the lies, and attempting to place them in the same classification as traditional cigarettes.

‘95% safer’ is a big percentage, and it’s a very convincing percentage. This is clear recognition that e-cigarettes are beginning to be seen as an alternative option to traditional smoking, and their many benefits are being considered by major health organizations. A representative speaking on behalf of the study said they are “looking forward to the arrival on the market of a choice of medicinally regulated products that can be made available to smokers by the NHS on prescription,” further indicating their knowledge of the promise that lies ahead for the betterment of public health.

This report done by Public Health England is excellent news. In no way is it the final word on how electronic cigarettes are going to be treated, but it is a step in the right direction. As a newer industry, it is understandable that everything is in a constant state of flux, however, having e-cigarettes viewed as a potential positive is immensely promising.

Regulation that Makes Sense

E-Cigarette RegulationsThe subject of electronic cigarette regulations is a common topic of discussion, debate, and rumor. While there are endless conflicting opinions, the FDA has been slow to make judgements and formally put most rules into play as there still remains a lack of firm evidence to choose a side. However, as positive as the response has been to these products from the public, and with little evidence to side with those who claim they are fully negative, it is a positive sign that we are beginning to see a rise in regulations that make sense and are in favor of e-cigarette usage. The most recent is coming from Washington State, where lawmakers are imposing a rule requiring electronic cigarette companies to sell their liquids with child-proof caps.

We are definitely in support of this, and are quite pleased. Child safety has long been a concern of the e-cigarette industry, and those on the outside looking in. One of the biggest concerns has always been keeping nicotine e-liquids out of the hands of children, and a rule such as this one aims to keep children safe, while still enabling adult users to have their liquids. It allows for more peace of mind, and less worry over accidents occurring. While nicotine is absolutely safe for inhalation and proper usage by adults, it can be toxic if ingested or harmful if it comes directly in contact with the skin.

Our brand VaporFi is firmly on board with this type of regulation because simply, it makes sense. As we are completely against our products being used by minors and those underage, adding an additional measure to keep children safe and our products out of the hands of those who should not be handling them is a very good thing that can seriously do no harm.

As the industry progresses and we continue to see electronic cigarette products being used more and more regularly, we are happy to see smart, intelligent regulations being implemented alongside. This adds to the credibility of the industry, and adds to the safe use of these innovative, life changing products.