“The bad news is that August 8th of this year marks the beginning of a two-year countdown to FDA prohibition of 99.9%+ of vapor products on the market,” American Vaping Association president Gregory Conley wrote in a press release. “If we do not succeed in changing the FDA’s arbitrary predicate date of February 15, 2007, the vapor industry will shrink to almost nothing beginning August 8, 2018.”
Previously, anyone who wanted to try a flavor before buying was able to sample for free. Under the new FDA rules, vape shops must now charge a fee for those samples.
Alex Clark, legislative coordinator for the Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association (CASAA), told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the amount charged for the samples will be up to the vape shops, who will determine how many puffs a certain amount of vape juice consumes, then pass that onto the consumer.
“99 percent of these companies can’t afford these new regulations,” Clarke said. “Any extra charge is a burden to sales.”