FDA Gets Tough On Disposable E-cigarettes
The FDA crackdown on vaping continues with threats of legal action against the makers of disposable e-cigarettes and a number of e-liquid manufacturers.
And yeah…it’s to ‘protect the children…’
The food and drug watchdog has ordered 10 companies making disposable e-cigarettes to halt sales and also written warning letters to seven other vape manufacturers including Eleaf.
A loophole in the law that aimed to stop youngsters vaping on JUUL, meant disposable e-cigs like Puff Bar could remain on sale.
The FDA has now used its powers under the upcoming PMTA process, which means ANY vape product brought onto the market since August 2016 does not have FDA approval and therefore cannot be sold legally.
FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said:
The FDA continues to prioritize enforcement against e-cigarette products, specifically those most appealing and accessible to youth.
We are concerned about the popularity of these products among youth and want to make clear to all tobacco product manufacturers and retailers that, even during the ongoing pandemic, the FDA is keeping a close watch on the marketplace and will hold companies accountable.
Despite suspending in-person inspection activities—such as retail compliance checks and vape shop inspections—due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our enforcement against unauthorized e-cigarette products has endured.
These warning letters are the result of ongoing internet monitoring for violations of tobacco laws and regulations.
As well as the desist order, Puff Bar, HQD Tech USA LLC and Myle Vape Inc have received warning letters claiming they have also violated the law by suggesting they have marketed their devices as ‘modified risk tobacco products‘ without FDA approval.
It goes without saying the anti-vape brigade is delighted but still say it’s not enough!
The seven other companies targeted are: Eleaf USA, Vape Deal LLC, Majestic Vapor LLC, E Cigarette Empire LLC, Ohm City Vapes Inc., Breazy Inc. and Hina Singh Enterprises (doing business as Just Eliquids Distro Inc.).
The FDA says these companies are using packaging and flavours designed to appeal to youngsters.
It is of course all complete BS and yet another attack on vaping in the United States.
India’s Vaping Black Market Thriving
Far from stopping vaping in the country, India’s vape ban has created a lucrative and possibly dangerous black market.
It was last September when the country completely banned all vape products from import and sale, however it still remains perfectly legal to own a device or indeed e-liquid.
The ban means quality brands from China and across the world are almost impossible to find, however cheaper kits and juices are popping up everywhere.
Insiders says these cheap ‘n nasty set-ups can be bought under the counter in many shops or from street dealers.
Samrat Chowdhery from the Association of Vapers India wasn’t surprised:
It is difficult to enforce regulations as Nicotine is available in all other forms.
Formal players making e cigarettes are exiting the market.
Once the black market industry gains a footover, it will be impossible to get control over it.
The government missed a golden opportunity to regulate these products,
Given what we saw from the EVALI outbreak in the US, it only takes one unscrupulous dealer or manufacturer to cut corners to make a larger profit and create a dangerous and deadly situation.
And of course cheap kits are possibly fire risks…
The title of the article I wrote about the ban says it all The India Vape Ban Is Nothing Short Of An Act Of Democide.
It’s not just smokers unable to switch that are now at risk – vapers buying off the black market are too.
New Vape Laws Implemented
Tough new vape laws will come into force in British Columbia from September.
The new legislation means a restriction on: flavours, packaging, advertising and tougher rules around the sale of vapour products.
I first covered this back in 2019 with the Canadian Cancer Society leading the cries for tougher vape laws.
Adrian Dix, British Columbia’s minister of health said it was to protect the kids [*sighs*] adding:
We heard from young people across the province that vaping companies are targeting them with a product that poses real and serious health and addiction risks.
We know youth are eager to get involved in this action, and I’ve seen promising work through early youth engagement to help influence their peers and stop this dangerous trend of addiction.
No idea where these politicians get their information…
You can expect other provinces to follow.
and finally…Spy Style Vape Kit
It’s called the Alpha Vape DVR and it’s a vape kit straight out of a James Bond movie.
The vape device includes a video camera and audio recorder and is designed for use by undercover cops.
As you can see it comes at an eye-watering price to say the least!
I wonder if it takes 00.7ohm coils..?
More vape news on Sunday!