WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new enforcement policy that will impact certain flavored vaping products. While pleased to see that the new enforcement policy will not shut down thousands of vape shops, the American Vaping Association, a pro-vaping advocacy group, is warning the Trump Administration that upcoming Obama-era regulatory deadlines could spell doom for the very same vape shops President Trump decided not to put out of business.
Under the policy, starting on February 2, 2020, no closed system (non-refillable) pod or cartridge can be sold after February 2nd in flavors other than tobacco or menthol unless the product has had a premarket tobacco application (PMTA) approved by the Food & Drug Administration. Bottled e-liquids and disposable, single-use vaping products are not included in the enforcement policy, but all these products are still subject to the FDA’s May 10, 2020 PMTA deadline.
Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, released the following statement:
About the American Vaping Association
The American Vaping Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and sensible regulation of vapor products, otherwise known as electronic cigarettes, with the goal of maximizing the number of adult smokers who use these products to quit smoking. The AVA was founded by Gregory Conley, a consumer and industry advocate with a long track record of advocating for vapor products dating back to 2010.
We are dedicated to educating the public and government officials about public health benefits offered by vapor products, which are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine or nicotine-free solution and create an inhalable vapor. The AVA is not a trade group and does not speak for any particular businesses, including our industry sponsors.