Surely by now, everyone has had a chance to read the regulations proposed by the FDA on Thursday, April 24. The problem, however, is many people do not know what these FDA regulations mean. Sure, you might have read them and think you have a basic understanding about bottles needing to be labeled, ingredients needing to be reported, and all of the rest but do you actually know what the big picture is? Do you know what e-liquid manufacturers are going to have to do? Do you know what vendors are going to have to go through? Do you know what it all means for the end user (customer)? My hopes are that by taking the time to read this post and watch the videos included, you will be more educated on what is going on and what you can do to let your voice be heard.
Today I heard from Dimitris Agrafiotis, Host of Smoke-Free Radio (http://vapersplace.com/vplive), about the proposed FDA regulations. “It’s obvious the proposed FDA regulations are horrible news for the industry as we know it,” said Dimitris. He went on to say, “It will stifle innovation and make products that have helped thousands of people break the cigarette addiction extinct! Aside from the short disguise of bans to minors (which vendors self regulated and applied) the fact remains that the language used will place the entire industry in the hands of few big players, mostly big tobacco companies that have entered the e-cig market late.”
According to Dimitris, this is not something new that was unexpected by the e-cigarette industry. “A lot of advocates have been saying for years regulation of e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act would likely do more harm than good, increase costs to consumers without benefits, and lead to products being removed from the market,” He said. That means customers are going to have to pay more money at the register as well as have fewer products to choose from.
It is time to stand together and fight for our right to vape! Dimitris has some good advice on how we can stand together and fight. He says, “Vendors and vapers should OPPOSE this regulation! For now, the best thing to do is to contact your congressional representative and voice your concern. If you are a vaper, tell them how e-cigs have changed your life, improved your health and those you have helped make the switch! If you are a vendor, let them know you have created a tax paying business and employees and the deeming regulations would eliminate it.”
One final note from Dimitris, “There is a 75 day comment period on the FDA website. Take a few days and gather information before submitting your comment. Be educational and clear and always provide available studies on the subjects you touch on. The fight has just begun, it is time we make our voices heard.”
If you want more from Dimitris you can find him and the rest of Vape Team Media on their website
In addition to the explanation and helpful tips given by Dimitris I also found this video by GrimmGreen very interesting and full of good information.
I’m sure there are still a lot of questions that you would like answers to. The best thing I can tell you to do for now is, leave them in the comments section below. We are working hard to get experts in here to answer those questions so we can create a more unified fight. We will be stronger if we all have the same information and we all have the same plan of attack.
Also, if you have other information that will help others, feel free to leave it in the comments below.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!