A big change is in the works for people who make and use e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on the unregulated devices.
Some people say that e-cigs are safer than cigarettes, and their popularity increases everyday. E-cigs don’t have the tar or chemicals in them that traditional cigarettes have.
But it is now clear what is actually in them. That is why the FDA wants regulations.
Millions of Americans have turned to the battery-powered devices for their nicotine fix. The unregulated business of e-cigarettes could soon be in the hands of the FDA.
Government regulations would include the ban of e-cigarette sales to minors and will end the sale of e-cigs from vending machines. The FDA also wants to put warnings on them.
Volt Vape owner Donovan John’s doesn't see any threat to business from the possible new rules.
"I don't think it's going to be a big deterrent in Idaho sales since the state of Idaho has already imposed the tobacco laws on the product so we are required to I.D. for sales,” Johns said. “We've actually already been have had undercover tests twice and we passed both in the last year, so we're already following most of the legislations that the federal government has said they want to do”
Johns is ready to adapt to any changes that may be coming.
"It's not difficult on our end to do that and on the manufacturing level I'm sure that is going to be easy as well,” he said. “So, its a smart way to step. It's not nearly as bad as what they could have done, but yeah it's looking pretty good."
Customers agree and don’t seem to have an issue, either.
"As long as they are doing it correctly and everything,” Malcom Standifer said. “As long as they get the feedback from vapor store owners from the people who are putting the regulations into effect."
The propose warning labels will detail exactly what’s in e-cigarettes. That way, users will know what they are consuming.
The proposed regulations would not include restrictions on advertising. The FDA has tried to put regulation on these devices before and these proposed regulations are not a done deal.
There is a 75-day comment period. Then there’s a vote on a final set of rules.