The FDA is set to roll out a finalized rule this summer that would treat e-cigarettes just like real cigarettes. While you're probably wondering how this will affect vape shops, right now it won't affect them as the FDA is testing e-cigarettes for any potential side effects. The FDA is unsure that e-cigs are safe and want to confirm they don't produce harmful chemicals because e-cigarettes have never been tested.
The FDA's concerns
The e-cigarette industry is already booming and generated over $2 billion in sales last year. While the FDA is pushing for e-cig regulations, the House of Representatives is pushing back. The debate is over how e-cigs are marketed. Because e-cigs were never pre-approved by the FDA, the FDA is proposing that all e-cigarette products already on the market be pre-approved and future products would have to meet their approval to deem them as "appropriate for the protection of the public health."
The need for further testing
While some people have switched from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes, the FDA wants to ensure that e-cigarettes are tested and found to be safe. According to the FDA's website, they are concerned that e-cigarettes haven't been fully studied. They are also concerned about the risk factors related to e-cigarettes and the levels of nicotine or other chemicals that might be inhaled or ingested. Additionally, they want to further evaluate and understand if there are any benefits related to e-cigarettes.
The concern over the tobacco in e-cigarettes
The FDA regulation on e-cigarettes affects e-cigarettes that are used for therapeutic purposes. With the concern surrounding adverse effects, they are concerned about unexpected side effects or potential health-related problems from tobacco related products.
Keep in mind, as it relates to e-cigarettes, some still contain nicotine. According to the National Institute of Health, Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, so that's one of the reasons why users turn from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, to enjoy the sensation of having a cigarette-like substance that can blow a cloud of smoke that does not produce tobacco smoke. What the FDA is suggesting is that they're concerned about the chemicals emitted and want to ensure enough testing is done first to confirm e-cigarette safety.
What does this mean to you?
The FDA with their ruling is questioning the chemicals in the tobacco used in e-cigarettes, the safety of e-cigarettes, as they have never been tested, and they want to try to minimize minors using e-cigarettes, which is understandable, because the FDA just wants to make sure we're safe and keep our kids safe, too. And of course, we want that, too!
To let your voice be heard about your experience with e-cigarettes, you can go to CASAA, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, to show your support for vaping. Also feel free to reach out to us to share your stories, comments, favorite flavors and love for Highbrow e-liquids!