The vape industry has been at the heart of many heated battles as of late. They are facing outlandish fees that are making many store owners have to close their shop and pursue employment elsewhere. For some, there simply was no other option. Because of this, many Congress members who support e-cigarettes are pushing the administration to eliminate all of the regulations that former President Obama put in place while he was in office. They want to eliminate the bid that is essentially killing the industry. An industry, in fact, that many view as the safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.
Based on the FDA’s decision to delay the new regulations, Senator Ron Johnson is urging the new Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to step in and eliminate the regulations entirely. He is asking that the commission review the regulations and allow the vaping industry to continue to offer vaping devices and e-liquids as a viable alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.
According to those in the vaping industry, these new regulations will end up forcing local vape store owners to have to pay $1M for each unique product and flavor they currently offer just to get federal approval. If someone has say 20 flavors, that’s $20M. Not many people have that kind of money just sitting around that they want to fork over for products they have been selling just fine for years. Those fees alone would end up putting numerous store owners out of business and cause them to have to work elsewhere. Depending on the state the store is located in, many are even imposing heftier taxes on these products. Regardless of how you look at it, the situation isn’t so great for anyone involved.
Worst of all, these new regulations could make it even harder for many to give up their smoking habits in general. Many have turned to vaping as a means of quitting smoking. If vaping products aren’t available, it is going to make it harder for many of those individuals to come out ahead of the game. In fact, this is one of the biggest points that vape store owners are making on social media right now.
On the other hand, the anti-tobacco groups are also making their presence known. They are upset about the FDA delaying the changes and are making a plea to get the new regulations in place. These individuals feel that the vaping industry is aimed at children and getting them turned onto the liquids and devices, but that isn’t the case. However, that didn’t stop them from release a list of 51 different health groups that are urging the FDA to step up and put the new regulations in place.
As much as many want the war to end, that doesn’t look like it is going to be happening anytime soon. It is just a matter of waiting to see if the current administration is going to step in and take action or not. Until then, you can only hope for the best.
By Stina Riner