With the deeming regulations recently revealed, you may have noticed a few changes in the industry. You may be seeing a bigger push for advocacy, or perhaps an influx of new and exciting hardware. Your friends may be stocking up on juice by the pound, or you yourself may be dipping into the savings account to load up before the vapocalypse hits. You may even (sadly) see some beloved small businesses close their doors, either unwilling or unable to stand up to the impending fiscal pressure pushed by the Freedom Destroying Agency, otherwise known as the FDA (really, though, the Food and Drug Administration). Amidst the backdrop of chaos surrounding our industry, it may be unclear to some on how to proceed going forward. Today, I’d like to bring a few things to your attention, to make sure you’re ready to face the regulations, and the changes they entail. Here’s how to prepare for FDA Regulations:
There is no need to buy everything in sight, or stockpile e-liquid by the gallon! After August 8, 2016, the only thing really changing will be the market freeze. For a two year period after this date, no new products may be introduced to the market. While this does severely inhibit the growth of our industry, during this timeframe, it should be business as usual for the consumer. Your favorite companies may go through some dramatic changes up to and after this date, but you do not need to worry about e-juice disappearing off our shelves.
Engage with Advocacy Groups!
In this tumultuous environment we face, it is critical that everyone engages, and supports (if possible) coalitions such as Right 2 Be Smoke Free, CASAA, as well as the many other hardworking groups advocating for your rights!
Support HR 2058 and the Cole-Bishop Amendment!
HR 2058/Cole-Bishop will change the 2007 predicate date. In its current form, the regulations call for every product on the market after February of 2007 to submit a PMTA, otherwise known as a Pre-Market Tobacco Application. Rough estimated costs are between $350,000-$1,000,000, per SKU. This is catastrophic, and will surely force out 95% of businesses. If HR 2058/Cole-Bishop passes, everything currently on the market will be pardoned from the PMTA, which is our Hail Mary, our saving grace, our de facto coup de grâce, if you will. This link will send an email to your representatives, imploring them to support HR 2058/Cole-Bishop.
Encourage your Favorite Shop/Vendor to Stock New Hardware/Juice.
As the consumer, your purchasing power and habits are the building blocks of success for any business. With so much product currently being introduced, it can be quite overwhelming to shop owners, hardware committees, and those who otherwise make the definitive decision on what to adorn the shelves with. If you’d like to see your favorite juice, tank, or mod in stores, let you voice be heard! You can always send your recommendations over to our friendly customer support team as well, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have friends, family members, or colleagues who vape, implore them to familiarize themselves with the regulations. Encourage them to support the numerous coalitions and advocacy groups dedicated to defending their rights, as well. As you see with any industry, a fine line separates the enthusiast from the casual user. Just because I enjoy building a challenging coil does not mean a friend of mine has the time or even interest to do so. With this in mind, it is no surprise that a large majority of people are unaware of what is happening on a daily basis. The media has been perpetuating the FDA’s agenda for quite some time, only giving catastrophic battery failure and pseudoscientific studies any airtime. Knowledge is power, and the more informed people are, the better our chances of convincing politicians and the government to curtail the egregiously heavy-handed regulations!
The fight has just begun, and we’re facing an uphill battle. You can stay up to date with all the latest information on our blog, or by visiting CASAA and Right 2 Be Smoke Free. I hope this information helps you prepare for FDA regulation on 8/8/2016. Thanks for dropping by!