Just when vapers hoped the anti-vaping tide might be turning a bit with the resignation of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, a new bill was introduced to Congress that threatens to decimate everything under the vaping sun. Meet the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act.
The bill, introduced by Reps. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Donna Shalala of Florida, contains provisions that would drastically limit choices for adult vapers, shutter all remaining vape stores and likely destroy the vaping industry overnight leaving only a few large players.
Key provisions of the bill include:
It should be noted that there are other bills currently making their way through Congress that contain one or more of these same provisions but no other single bill is as sweeping or all encompassing in its scope.
The effect of the bill on the choices available to adult vapers would be draconian. Vapers would be confined to tobacco only e-liquid flavors and would also be limited to only what is available to them at their local retailers since online sales would no longer be allowed.
The effects of this bill would also undoubtedly include the collapse of the vaping industry, at least the part that is comprised of small businesses and independent vape companies. If the only e-liquid flavor allowed was tobacco, there simply would not be enough variety and variation to sustain the current number of e-cig companies. A handful of the biggest players who are large enough to command shelf space in convenience stores would remain. All small business vaping companies would be forced to fold.
The same holds for vape shops. Vape shops are kept afloat by offering vapers a greater variety and choice, as well as better service and a far more knowledgeable staff to help them successfully transition to vaping. Good luck getting that kind of support at a convenience store. But with only tobacco flavors remaining, there simply would not be enough products left to keep vape shops open.
We're sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but, unfortunately, the threat to vaping is far from over.