Local manufacturers & vape shops fear closing after new FDA regulations
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
New FDA regulations take effect Monday, August 8. Local vape shops and e-liquid manufacturers fear they'll end up having to shut down.
"Without the ability to market and advertise, we won't be able to reach the mainstream public and let them see the benefits of vaping," Cyclops Vapor Director of Marketing Rod Cochran said.
Starting Monday manufacturers will no longer be allowed to introduce new tobacco products without first receiving authorization from the FDA.
Cyclops vapor in Daphne manufactures e-liquids and distributes them to 21 countries. They say these new rules could have a major impact on their business and the local economy.
Cochran said, "You're looking at over 200 vape shops in the local area that buy our e-liquid that we provide to their shops so you're talking lots of jobs."
In order to get a new product or e-liquid on the market, manufacturers will have to pay almost $500,000 per application to be tested by the FDA for each flavor and each level of nicotine. It's an expensive step Cyclops says it's ready to take but they're not sure the application will be approved.
"There's no guarantee of anything," Cochran said.
The current e-liquids are safe for the next two years while health officials take a closer look but if that changes the retail end will feel the effects.
"We would have to close doors," Parlor Vapes Manager Jon-Michael Thiroux said. "Everyone would have to close doors there's no way to have a vapor shop open if you can't have juice."
Starting August 8, companies will no longer be able to sell e-cigs, vapes, hookah or other products to minors. Companies will also have to advertise like a tobacco company does and they'll no longer be able to sponsor many events in the community.