This year will be another exciting time for the electronic cigarette industry. From local to state to federal levels, we should be hearing about some new regulations in the upcoming months… So, what can we expect?
County and City policymakers will continue to exercise their authority; allowing, banning or attempting to control the use of electronic cigarettes in public locations. Chicago recently banned them from locations where tobacco cigarettes are prohibited. So now, in the Windy City, you have to enjoy your Vapor Couture e-cig in a cloud of dirty smoke from someone else’s traditional tobacco or menthol cigarette. Not ideal.
Independent states have already begun regulating electronic cigarettes, attempting to ban them from public locations, placing moratoriums on retail establishments and establishing age requirements. Florida was one of the first states to enact an official age requirement for purchasing ecig products. The Sunshine State is a nice place to be…
The Federal Level is where it’s at. We’re still waiting for the White House’s OMB (Office of Management & Budget) to finish reviewing pending electronic cigarette regulations from the FDA. When complete, the drafted ordinance will be published in the Federal Register and mark the beginning of a public comment period. Who knows what will happen when this ruling is released?
Here’s a little hint, straight from the FDA:
“Q: Would it be possible for an electronic cigarette to receive FDA approval?
A: Yes. FDA issued a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Association inviting electronic cigarette firms to work in cooperation with the agency toward the goal of assuring that electronic cigarettes sold in the United States are lawfully marketed. The agency intends to regulate electronic cigarettes and related products in a manner consistent with its mission of protecting the public health.”
Now, we just have to sit tight and watch what happens. Fear not, we’ll keep you updated!
Share your thoughts in the comment section… What do you think will happen?