Vapers, polish your e-cigs and get ready to war! On Thursday May 5, the FDA brought the federal banhammer down on electronic cigarettes. This will obviously have wide ranging repercussions not only in the United States, but the whole world. The short version: More than 99% of e-cigarette and e-liquid producers are expected to exit the market, because the FDA decision means you have to spend around 1 million dollars per e-liquid for testing and approval. The good news doesn't end there, either. If you have 5 nicotine levels for an eliquid, you would need to spend 5 million dollars to get them approved. Love the way our tax dollars are working for us!
Electronic cigarettes are a public health issue, there are quite a few jobs at stake but it appears the FDA does not care if we live or die. Well, maybe they do care, but only about Big Tobacco. International tobacco conglomerates have been trying for years to get their awful vaping products accepted by vapers, but have been failing miserably. So now, FDA gave them a helping hand that basically comes down to "give us hundreds of millions of dollars and we will kill your competitors". Nice going, FDA, you are writing the book on collusion and corruption. The FDA thinks people won't circumvent their decision, but that is as wrong as a three-legged dog. Keep it up FDA, keep playing in your logic-free sandbox while we, consumers and businesses, continue to move forward and up as we always did.