President Trump’s promised flavor vape ban went into effect this week, but it has left many unsatisfied. Public health groups and parent organizations claim that the act does not go far enough, while vape shop owners are concerned that they will be put out of business.
The ban has left teens relatively unfazed, as many have already stopped using Juul, and a loophole in the law allows for disposable flavored vapes to remain on the market, causing speculation as to whether the ban was necessary at all. Trump himself has even expressed regret over getting involved, stating that he “should have never done that (expletive) vaping thing”.
However, if you are a vape user, you may be wondering how the ban will specifically affect you. Here is what you need to know:
Which Products are Banned?
The flavor ban only covers flavors in pre-filled, reusable devices, such as Juul. This approach may be too late, as Juul has already pulled its flavored cartridges and is now only selling tobacco and menthol flavors. Furthermore, the “ban” allows many products to remain on the market. It does not cover e-liquid not in pods or cartridges, disposable pre-filled vapes, or open tank devices. If you use something other than Juul or Phix, then you should have no problems. Moreover, any pre-filled, disposable vape, like Puff Bars or the Stig, will not be affected. However, this loophole will close come May 12th, as even those devices will need FDA approval to continue being sold.
Getting Around the Law
While the vape ban is causing issues for several manufacturers, some manufacturers holding sales and may not comply with the ban. It is because the FDA will have the final say on which vape products make it to market, and which do not. Vape giants, such as Big Tobacco companies, have already submitted applications for devices such as Vuse, NJoy, and Juul. Still, smaller companies, and retailers may be left out of the lurch come May 12th in anticipation of “vapocalypse”.
Toothless and Ineffective?
The vape ban has been deemed toothless and ineffective by some. While the FDA will prioritize enforcement action on vape products marketed to young people, an FDA spokesperson wrote that “the public may continue to see some of the types of products outlined in the FDA’s priorities on the market.” Despite this, inspections of retail shops will continue, even though the FDA has taken fewer enforcement actions during the Trump administration.
Regardless of the situation, vape makers, manufacturers, and consumers will all be waiting to see what happens next.
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