FDA’s E-Cigarette Rules Likely to Reshape Industry, Experts Say

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New regulations for e-cigarettes are likely to have a large impact on the industry, experts say. The rules could force many small e-cigarette businesses to close, while benefitting large tobacco companies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to require federal approval for most e-cigarette devices and flavored liquid nicotine juices, The Wall Street Journal reports. The agency is likely to announce the new rules within the next two months.

The approval process will be costly, ranging from $2 million to $10 million for each item, the article notes. The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, which represents vapor shops and manufacturers, estimates the rule could force 99 percent of the industry to go out of business.

The result, experts say, would be a reduced supply of liquid nicotine, and increased costs for both shop owners and e-cigarette users. Big tobacco companies with their own e-cigarette brands, such as Altria and Reynolds American, would likely benefit because they can afford the approval process, according to Kevin Altman, a consultant to the Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America.

The FDA proposed rules for regulating e-cigarettes in April 2014. The rules would ban the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco to anyone under age 18. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes and cigars would have to register with the FDA, give the agency a detailed account of the products’ ingredients, describe their manufacturing process and scientific data, and submit to FDA inspections. Companies would no longer be allowed to offer free samples. E-cigarettes would be required to come with warning labels stating they contain nicotine, which is addictive.

Under the proposed rules, companies would have six months to register products and ingredients, and two years to complete the approval process.

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    Dennis Wade

    July 9, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Once again, from the people who brought you the IRS and ObamaCare, comes more big government telling people how to live. All for the unintended benefit of big tobacco. More government regulation is not the answer.

    Yet, the ANTZ have found a way to make big government work for them and against freedom and safety. Don’t be fooled. All this will do is drive people back to tobacco. E-Cigs are a phenomenal tool to combat burning chemical smoke inhalation. But that does not matter to those who wish to tell everyone else how to live. That kind of mentality works so well. Just ask anyone who grew up behind the Iron Curtain.

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    Fr. Jack Kearney

    July 8, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    So the FDA will kill 99% of vapor stores, which have proven to be very effective tools in fighting addiction to tobacco cigarettes. They will favor the tobacco companies with their inferior products that aren’t as effective in smoking cessation. This means more people will die.
    Those who oppose vaping must be so proud of the work they have done for Big Tobacco.

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    July 7, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    If this goes through it will push kids to use conventional cigarettes which is great for big tobacco and hospitals that treat lung cancer. It will also create a new class of criminals who trade in vape juices, and we can call them ‘addicts’ and create a treatment industry to teach them that they have a disease that makes them crave nicotine and even break the law to get it. And using that information they will strong arm convenience store clerks who refuse to sell them cigarillo wrappers and shoot people in parking lots who don’t give them a cigarette even when politely requested.

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    Darren Reed

    July 7, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Is this good or bad? I DEFINITELY believe we need regulations but this seems to just make BIG tobacco the only game in town… That is what THEY want. For years the tobacco industry has been losing customers. They cannot advertise and cannot target youth. BUT the e-cig industry is making it cool again with shiny, lighted e gadgets and thousands of flavors, they are NOT regulated in marketing… I’m glad there will be regulations finally, but we need to regulate the WAY they are marketed as well as who can sell them.

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    July 7, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    A very addictive drug will no longer be easily available in candy flavors? Good!

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