When e-cigarettes were first introduced to American consumers, FDA vaping regulations were non-existent. As a result, the agency scrambled to create rules to govern their use, but found bureaucratic pitfalls when trying to regulate them as medical devices.
Finally, they opted instead to classify them as tobacco products. This was due primarily to their similarities to traditional cigarettes; explicitly nicotine. However, the vaping community turned out in force to oppose the FDA vaping regulations and restrictions.
Vapers who had been using the devices for some time claimed that any incidental similarities between smoking and e-cigs were incidental at best and certainly no cause for the overreaching regulation. For an industry experiencing a boom of both new users and new entrepreneurs, the FDA vaping regulations would discourage competition and small business. The new rules made it nearly impossible for any new companies to enter the market with a viable product without millions of dollars for testing and approval.
New manufacturers who hadn’t been grandfathered in before the deeming were unable to pay for expensive testing and product research they simply could not afford as new businesses. What became known as ‘the deeming rule’ of FDA vaping regulations took a great deal of criticism from the vaping world. The decision seemed to foster big corporations in favor of small business people and innovators who had been responsible for its rocketing growth.
FDA Vaping Regulations May Endanger Consumers
Additionally, the FDA rewrote aspects of existing policy to include preventing customers from sampling merchandise or giving away testers, discouraging many vapers from even giving it a try. While a massive selection of flavors is still available, FDA vaping regulations are exploring the possibility of changing that. The vaping community views the possibility of outlawing flavors as a serious danger.
Banning flavored vape juice risks shattering both the safety and future of the industry. In effect, outlawing flavors would drive manufacturers to a completely unregulated black market where consumers would have no protections. Additional FDA vaping regulations would effectively further destabilize a thriving industry, all in an attempt to curb underage use of tobacco products.