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Confused about e-cigarette regulation and where it currently stands? We don’t blame you. Trying to keep up with the rollercoaster ride of proposed regulations is frankly exhausting and time-consuming—trust us, we know…

Fortunately, for those of you who barely have enough time in the day as it is—let alone the energy to seek out the latest whims of tobacco lobbyists and government red-tape—we’ve got you covered. If there is an important change we think you’d want to know about, we will continue keeping you completely in the loop on our e-cigarette blog.

In case you are curious about where e-cigarettes are at right now in terms of FDA regulations, or you are a new vaper playing catch-up, we have just posted a more extensive article you should check out in our Knowledge Center on this very topic.

Otherwise, here are the highlights (and lowlights) of e-cigarette regulation, from the early days up till now:

  • 2009 – The FDA is granted authority to regulate the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products. Under this definition, the FDA tries to regulate vapor cigarettes as unapproved drug/device combination products and bans several manufacturers from selling their smokeless devices in the U.S.
  • 2010 – The banned e-cigarette companies sue the FDA and win. In December, a federal appeals court rules that e-cigs and other products made or derived from tobacco should be regulated by the FDA as “tobacco products” rather than drug-delivery devices.
  • February 2011 – U.S. Department of Transportation prohibits the use of e-cigarettes on commercial airlines.
  • January 2013 – The FDA announces they will be issuing regulations regarding e-cigarettes no later than the following April.
  • April 2014 – A year later than planned, the FDA finally releases its eagerly anticipated “deeming” rules on e-cigarettes, which aims to move e-cigs and other new products not currently covered under the FSPTCA under the same regulations as those already listed “tobacco products,” following a public comment process.

Is Regulation a Bad Thing?

There is much debate over whether the “deeming” regulations will have a positive or negative impact on the e-cigarette industry when implemented. The CASAA (Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association) is adamantly petitioning the FDA to reconsider certain proposed guidelines which they find worrisome, such as additional registrations costs on refillable devices.

However, in general, we support FDA regulation and the positive changes it will bring to the industry.

In a a statement we released shortly after the new regulations were first announced, we stated our company’s official stance on the proposed rules, saying:

“These regulations will result in a renewed business environment that both protects consumers and allows our industry to continue its mission of making tobacco cigarettes obsolete. We look forward to the future with great enthusiasm.”

As we said, be sure to come back and get the latest news on e-cig legislation. Otherwise, keep on being a vaping boss!