For quite some time, there has been talks of imposing regulations on the vaping industry. On May 5th, 2016, it was finally enacted. The federal government ruled for vaping to be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Everything is detailed in a five hundred page report that can be found here. However, we have compiled a brief summary of the most significant points of this new ruling.
Safer Products with Clearly Labeled Ingredients
With these regulations, vaping should become safer in the United States, with the FDA ensuring that items out on the market are suitable for consumption. Before, it wasn’t uncommon for some e-liquids to be made in homes or basements and then sold in shops without a clear list of ingredients. These practices could potentially put the health of customers at risk. While reputable manufacturers tend to use cleanrooms and G.R.A.S. ingredients, not every e-liquid out there has been created with these resources. The new rule will reduce the dangers associated with unregulated e-liquids and only allow safe lines to be sold on the market.
Other New Regulations
Any vape products made after February 15th, 2007 need to be submitted via a pre-market tobacco application, also known as a PMTA. This includes both e-cigarettes and e-liquids. It’s through this process that the products will be approved to be put out onto the market. In order to be considered, they must meet all of the requirements outlined by the application. All ingredients need to be clearly reported and marked on the bottle as well, letting customers know exactly what they’re buying. Health warnings will also be required for any vaping products.
These regulations will come into effect in early August 2016, giving manufacturers about three months to prepare. After this date, they’ll have two years to submit PMTAs for every product they intend to sell. However, the products must be taken off of the market if they are not approved by the FDA in the end. No new products can be put out into the market during this time either unless they have passed the application. Everything must have an approved PMTA, whether it’s a newly developed product or has been in production for years.
Ban of Sales to Minors
Most importantly, these regulations protect e-cigarettes and related products from ending up in the hands of children and teenagers under eighteen. They prohibit the sale of these items to anyone who isn’t of age. Before, only a few states had restricted them to individuals who were eighteen years of age or older. In other states, it was possible for kids to purchase these products themselves. While vaping is regarded as safer than smoking, these products should not be used by kids, especially when a lot of e-liquids contain nicotine.
Now more than ever before, the vaping industry is joining together to stay strong and deliver quality products to customers across the country. Having products regulated by the FDA will result in a safer vaping industry for everyone. No longer will people be faced with the threat of low quality products that have the possibility of affecting their health.