Vaporizer Regulations Imposed By FDA Impose Strain On Some Vape Startups

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations for the vapor industry late last year and the result, according to one vaporizer manufacturer’s analysis, is that many of the smaller vape companies will suffer from the new obligations imposed upon them by the FDA. These new obligations include the requirement of manufacturers to submit certifications and documentation to the FDA for review.

But on the other hand, while it may have a negative impact on some manufacturers, there are those who believe that such regulations do have their place in the industry. Take Haze Technologies for example, makers of the Haze vaporizers. According to Haze, they believe that the FDA’s new regulations are a necessity, as they wrote on their website that they “believe that the regulations are necessary to ensure good quality vape products are placed on the shelves.”

“Although we believe in business growth and equal opportunity for all manufacturers to take their place in the market, we also believe that the regulations are necessary to ensure good quality vape products are placed on the shelves. This is necessary not only from the public safety perspective but also for the future growth of the industry.”

As of present, the FDA requires vape manufacturers to submit their products for approval before they can be sold within the United States. For consumers, this is a double-edged sword. On one side, the FDA oversight has the potential to help reduce the number of unsafe vaporizers on the market. But on the other side, it also cuts down on the number new vapes hitting the market, or at the least, delays their release.

We can see how this could have a negative impact on smaller companies, especially underfunded startups that are still trying to establish themselves in the industry. For a smaller company, the legal resources and man hours necessary to submit the required documentation and certifications could prove to be a real hassle, whereas larger companies may hardly notice the costs incurred.

What do you think of these new regulations and the FDA’s decision to regulate the industry in general? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Indiana Vape Shops Worried New E-Liquid Regulations Might Kill Vaping Industry

In the state of Indiana, regulations governing e-liquid manufacturers kicked into effect back in July of 2015. As a result, some vape stores across the state found themselves concerned that the new regulations could kill the vaporizing industry across the state.

E-liquid, sometimes stylized “eLiquid,” is the liquid used in e-cigarettes. It is often composed of nicotine, glycerine, propylene glycol, and various flavorings.

The new regulations specifically govern companies that manufacture e-liquids for sale in the state. Such companies were, as a result of the regulations, required to be certified by a security firm before July 1, 2015.

At the time the regulations were passed by state legislators, there was only one firm, Mulhaupt’s Inc, that was certified to approve e-liquid manufacturers. As a result, many cried foul as the regulations essentially turned Mulhaupt’s into the gatekeeper – a single security firm that would decide which companies would be allowed to sell their e-liquid concoctions in the state of Indiana.

Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City), the man who authored HB 1432, was quoted by JConline as having said that lawmakers “never intended to set up a monopoly”.

“We never intended to set up a monopoly”

As of January of 2017, the number of e-juice products sold across the state dropped from hundreds to seven.

Subsequently, many consumers are traveling to neighboring states to pickup their e-juices.

A vape store manager in Kentucky, Charity Hoggard with Nice Guy Vapes, echoed this notion as she quoted by JConline as having said that the regulation is “helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”.

“It’s helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”

What do you think of the e-liquid regulations in Indiana that have turned Mulhaupt’s into the state’s e-liquid gatekeeper? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.