Regulation Issues Facing the Electronic Cigarette Industry
Electronic cigarettes, although believed to be much less harmful than traditional cigarettes, face many forms of regulation in all levels of government. The ever popular vaping generation can expect various issues to pop up on a regular basis as to what is allowed, where and to whom. Below are some recent regulatory issues that have been proposed.
The latest controversial regulation issue was brought forth on August 26th from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Basically WHO believes that flavored e-liquids are an extreme attraction for the younger generation and should be carefully monitored. Their opinion is also that the e-cig industry is targeting the younger generation by offering these types of e-liquid such as fruity and candy like tastes. WHO states that the amount of adolescent users has doubled between the years 2008 to 2012.
While VaporFi agrees these over 30,000 flavor combinations that we offer are quite appealing, we by no means believe in selling to anyone under the age of 18.
Indoor use is of concern to WHO as well as having an e-cig in a vending machine. All of their concerns were listed in their report. In the report, the WHO said there are 466 brands of electronic cigarettes and the industry represents “an evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control.”
The FDA is also an organization that often seeks tight control of electronic cigarettes.
Earlier this year the FDA released its long awaited proposed e-cig regulations. Since releasing this information they have had over 70,000 comments and letters from 29 state Attorney Generals asking for more marketing regulation of electronic cigarettes.
One of the most recent and controversial proposed regulations is a registration and approval process for electronic cigarettes. The FDA is asking for each manufacturer to supply an ingredient list as well as details of the manufacturing process and scientific data to back up what they have produced.
Comments regarding various regulations have varied, with health care agencies asking for more regulations while electronic cigarette companies worry that too many regulations will limit the public’s options.
State and local governments are just as important to the regulation process as the FDA and WHO agencies. Each state is able to make its own decisions about many issues regarding electronic cigarettes. For example, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City have banned indoor smoking of e-cigs. Other issues include taxes and underage sales bans.
For regular updates on the latest issues regarding electronic cigarette regulation, please read our blog and knowledge center. Whatever any issues of future regulation may be, VaporFi is confident we can offer you plenty of product to choose from as well as a very satisfying vaping experience.
Audrey Durand is the Senior Brand Manager for VaporFi Online Division for the US and Australian Markets. She is an early adopter of e-cigarettes and vaporizers and uses her market expertise to continue developing the marketing programs of the brand, Audrey looks forward to the dynamic operations and growth opportunity with VaporFi. She is also the founder of BlogIntoLife, a platform that helps beginner bloggers start a professional blog and grow their business in the CBD market and in other verticals.