New regulations on e-cigarettes have some smoke shop owners concerned.
Hundreds of brands will have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration before they’re put on the shelves.The application process could cost shop owners hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Well if we can’t sell any of their products that we currently have right now those companies won’t be willing to sell it to us and we would eventually close,” says Jordan Crawford, manager at E-Cig City. Business like E-Cig City in Springfield stand to lose hundreds of products and could eventually close.
“These regulations in which manufacturers and devices and juices will have to go through a process in which it will require about hundreds and thousands of dollars if not millions to get your products approved.”
Jordan Crawford has been in the business for a few years and says he’s not surprised these regulations are costly.
“Take it from the smaller businesses which are controlling the industry right now and then handed over to big tobacco companies which are the only companies that will be able to afford these processes.”
The American Lung Association says these rules are needed to make sure what people are inhaling is safe.
“We don’t know anything about the long-term effects there could be really anything in the liquid that they use.”
Drea says the popularity among e-cigs is getting into the wrong hands.
“Right now E-cigarette’s are the most used tobacco product by youth and that is extremely alarming especially when they’ve only been in this country for about nine years.”
Crawford says he is concerned for his smoke shop but is confident because legislation is already in place to fight these rules.
“So we do have a lot of time we’ve already been fighting at these regulations and it’s actually been known to vaping community for a few years.”
The FDA wants shop owners to stop selling products to minors and require health warnings on the label.