How new rules could kill the vaping boom

From: Fortune


If proposed FDA rules are finalized, as expected, most vaping shops will not survive, many say.

When Randy Freer was trying to quit smoking, he wanted to try vaping — battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquids. (Some ex-smokers find the combo of the flavors and the ability to dial down the nicotine helps them quit.) But Freer found he couldn’t keep a supply of the vaporizers he liked — they were always out of stock.

VAPING NEWS: The Future of Vaping: Consequences of E-cigarette Regulation

From: Vaper Soul


The Future of Vaping

The on-going e-cigarette regulations have thrown vaping into a confusing state and its future seems bleak. Many people predict that proposed FDA e-cigarette regulation could lead to the death of vaping all together. But is this the case? Are the unanimously-grim predictions for the future of the industry going to come to pass, or is there a way to change things? Can we save vaping?

With help from seven prominent advocates and vapers, Black Note delved into the issues that are responsible for this dark cloud hanging over the future of vaping, aiming to determine whether the predictions will really come to pass.

GAO: ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, Effect on Federal Excise Taxes Collected on Traditional Cigarettes Is Not Currently Evident

Editor’s Note: The complete report GAO-15-771 is available here. Below is an excerpt.

From: GAO

Concluding Observations
Our analysis shows no current effect of the growing e-cigarette market on FET revenue from cigarettes. Given the limited information about the e-cigarette market, it is difficult to accurately estimate this market’s size or analyze its potential effect on FET revenue from cigarettes and other tobacco products. The increased regulation of tobacco products at the federal and state level, among other things, has contributed to a decline in cigarette use and FET revenue. Recent CDC studies show that e-cigarette use has significantly increased among high school students, while cigarette use has significantly declined. As the regulation of e-
cigarettes unfolds and the market develops, e-cigarette use patterns may change. Federal agencies’ efforts to develop a better understanding of the relationship between e-cigarette and cigarette use will help analysts and government officials develop a more complete understanding of the e-cigarette market and its effect on cigarette FET revenue.

‘Vapers,’ vendors say they are here to stay

From: Winston-Salem Journal

By Richard Craver


The thick fog — reaching from floor to ceiling at VapeMania 15 — was a clear sign of those consumers’ preference for vaporizers over electronic cigarettes at a time when just 15.2 percent of adult Americans smoke combustible cigarettes.

Traditional e-cigs are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a self-contained disposable cartridge and create a vapor that is inhaled. The manufacturers have provided few flavor choices, in part in expectations that the Food and Drug Administration eventually may limit flavorings as it does with combustible cigarettes.

Fight over e-cig safety heats up

From: The Hill

By Lydia Wheeler

E-cigarette manufacturers and public health groups are sparing over a new study that claims the non-tobacco products are 95 percent safer than regular cigarettes.

The report commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), an independent panel of experts in the United Kingdom also found that of 2.6 million adult e-cigarettes users in that country, almost all are using a vapor device to help them quit smoking.

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