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FDA Regulations: What Does It Mean for the Vape Community?

Over the last few years, the vape community has grown leaps and bounds, from small local shops, to a billion-dollar industry. With so much growth, in so little time, one could only assume that eventually the community would face governmental regulations, especially as it pertains to the manufacturing of e-liquids. On May 5th the FDA released a near 500-page document that morning. There were rules and regulations in the document that many already expected and were prepared for:
• A prohibition on distribution of free samples,
• A ban on selling e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in secure places that never admit young people
• A requirement that e-cigarettes carry warnings that they contain nicotine, which is addictive
The rules also require companies to get FDA approval for any products that were put on the market after Feb. 15, 2007. Also, e-cigarette manufacturers will have to go back to the agency within two years for approval of the products they already sell.
The regulations have been met with strong resistance from the vaping community, who have welcomed vaping devices as an alternative to traditional combustion cigarettes, whose dangers are well-known throughout the world.
In the U.K., for example, the Royal College of Physicians in April embraced e-cigarettes as a way to reduce smoking, which the group says is far more dangerous. “In the interests of public health it is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes,” the group said in a statement released April 28.
The industry trade group has pressed that point. E-cigarettes “provide smokers with a viable path to reducing their tobacco consumption and quitting altogether,” said Tony Abboud, national legislative director of the Vapor Technology Association, the trade group for e-cigarette makers.
As a whole, the vaping industry is in a “wait and see” phase for the time being. Yes, companies will have to apply for a PMTA (Premarket Tobacco Product Application), which will be required because the FDA has classified vaping (e-liquids and hardware/accessories), as tobacco products. Rumors are that an application per sku, could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the exact figure is still largely unknown.
There are certain rules and regulations that will begin August 8th of 2016, which will affect shops, e-liquid manufacturers and companies, and others in the industry, but it’s still too early to forecast the long-term effect that these rules and regulations will truly have on the industry.
One thing is for sure however, that regardless of how the new rules and regulations play out, Vape Manufacturing Labs will comply with said regulations, and continue to cultivate the landscape in producing the highest quality e-liquid on the market. VML is not only changing the game for e-liquid manufacturing, they’re re-writing the script, and raising the bar on e-liquid quality. If you are a E-liquid maker/manufacturer, and interested in how we will continue to produce ultra-premium e-liquid, contact us today!

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