FDA Announces Regulations
The Food and Drug Administration proposed Thursday the first federal regulations on electronic cigarettes, which would ban sales of the popular devices to anyone under 18 and require makers to gain FDA approval for their products.
They won’t ban ads or Internet sales of the products, or the use of flavors in them.
Makers will be required to disclose the chemicals used in the devices and be banned from distributing free samples. New health warnings will note that the nicotine they contain can be addictive.
The new regulations will also cover pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water-pipe tobacco and cigars. In the case of cigars, FDA officials said they await public comment before deciding to regulate all cigars or merely those critics say are aimed at children, such as flavored products.
The FDA will require manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to substantiate any claims they make that e-cigarettes are safer than standard ones.
The FDA plans a 75-day comment period before the regulations become final. Some provisions, such as requiring evidence of health benefits, will go into effect at that point. The agency then will allow two years for all other provisions to be effective.
One of the biggest new requirements is that e-cigarette makers will need to apply to the FDA within two years to keep existing products on the market. The agency then will rule on applications roughly as it does on other tobacco products.
That gives the FDA future leverage over what can be brought to market and be allowed to stay on the market—and represents a major unknown for e-cigarette makers who fear a slow review process could stifle innovation.
Event: A Vape-In to Protest New York City’s E-Cigarette Smoking Ban
Opponents of New York City’s ban on e-cigarettes will gather to discuss its ramifications on public health and personal liberty. Then they’ll thumb their noses at the prohibitionists by vaping as the ban takes effect at midnight. A DJ will play music as guests show their disregard for the nanny state by vaping and dancing the night away.
The vape-in, hosted by Reason magazine, Museum of Sex, and Henley Vaporium, will begin at 9:00 pm on Monday, April 28 at Play in New York City.
Moderator — John Tierney, Co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
Bill Godshall, Director of SmokeFree Pennsylvania
Talia Eisenberg, Co-founder of Henley Vaporium
Dr. Gilbert Ross, Executive and Medical Director of American Council on Science and Health
Kmele Foster, Co-host of Fox Business Network’s The Independents
Matt Welch, Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine
Prominent critics of e-cigarette regulations will deliver presentations, take questions and be available for one-on-one interviews. Vaping and dancing will follow.
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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eCig Europe: Industry Conference in France
The second in the series, eCig Europe is an event dedicated to helping electronic cigarette brands and retailers improve their business modelling and hear in peer led sessions the key challenges and opportunities facing the market.
With exclusive insights into regulation changes, keynote sessions from pioneers in the field including Karl Fargerstom, Janty, Fontem Ventures and ITM Group, deluxe networking events and a brand new Vape Lounge – where you can try out the newest innovations in hardware and e-liquids – this will be an unmissable opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of the regulatory and commercial challenges facing the e-cigarette market.
eCig Europe: Industry Conference
16th – 18th June 2014
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
13 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France.
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Cig-a-likes losing ground in vaping
It appears big tobacco may be losing ground in the ecig market. According to tobacco industry analyst Bonnie Herzog at Wells Fargo “a reason why Big Tobacco may struggle: some of the most passionate “vapers” are skipping the big brands of packaged e-cigarettes in favor of more specialized devices known as “vapors,” “tanks” and “mods.”
One has to wonder where the figures in the article come from. Since most local vapor shops are private companies it is probably relatively hard to estimate what the true size of the market is or what it could become.
Read more here.
Vapor World Expo is May 7th in Chicago
Just minutes from the O’Hare International Airport, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is an ideally suited location for this worldwide event.
The Hyatt Regency O’Hare is offering show exhibitors, buyers and guests special reduced room rates. Please contact VIP Meetings at (1-800) 926-3976 or (1-213) 459-0600 to make your room reservation. The Hyatt offers its guests complimentary airport shuttles to/from the O’Hare International Airport.
Vapor industry suppliers and buyers will meet for two days to do business and talk about the growth potential of this expanding phenomenon across the world and how it will impact your business.
Exhibits, Conferences, Association Meetings and a Trade Show that features thousands of products for retailers, wholesalers, importers/exporters, vape shops, convenience stores, etc. will all be available for those people who want to get a larger share of this exciting industry.
FDA Regulations on Ecigs could take a while
FDA regulations on ecigs may take a while longer as people await a decision on ecigs. “This holdup may be somewhat understandable–but that hasn’t stopped the pressure from mounting. Most recently, FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg was called out by Congress for how long it’s taking to get these deeming regulations out. Though Hamburg promised these regulations will be announced soon, the reality is it could take another 18 months to four years before these regulations go into effect, given the rulemaking process the FDA is legally obligated to adhere to.”
“Although the FDA has promised that these proposed deeming regulations will be announced as soon as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) complete its review (which has been going on since October), NATO’s executive director Thomas Briant. In fact NATO recently learned that the FDA requested an extension of the review process, leading Briant to believe that the agency has been asked to revise some of the proposed regulations.”
Read more here.
New Vaping Convention in New England
Vaping Convention Circuit (VCC) and Nicvape.com proudly present New England’s first vaping and electronic cigarette convention, VCCNE2014, being held in beautiful Springfield, Massachusetts at the MassMutual Center June 28-29, 2014. Springfield, situated in southern New England, is only one and a half hours from Boston and two and a half hours from New York City. Public attendance is free, and attendees must be over the age of 18 to enter the event (no preregistration is required).
Join thousands of fellow vapers in the 40,000+ square feet convention hall with an awesome variety of vape gear, eliquid, giveaways, free battery safety and coil rebuilding classes, as well as a special welcome speech from tobacco harm reduction activist Mr. Gregory Conley of The Heartland Institute, who will also lead several legislative advocacy town hall style sessions during the event. Mr. Dimitris “Vapingreek” Agrafiotis and the Vape Team will be broadcasting live and recording the event.
Public hours are:
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 11 am – 7 pm
In order to have a general idea of how many attendees to expect, VCC requests that you click ‘Join’ on the Facebook event page, which can be found under events at www.facebook.com/
The facebook event page also contains information on hotels, parking, etc. and is updated regularly. Don’t forget to follow VCC on Twitter @VapingCC for additional updates (#VCCNE2014), and online at www.vapingcc.com
Sponsor and vendor opportunities are available. Email Kevin Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve your space before they sell out. VCC would also like to hear from you if your company plans to be a vendor at the event and if you have a product you would like to launch at VCCNE2014.
VCC and Nicvape looks forward to seeing you there in June! Vape on.
European Ecig market double original valuation
The European ecig market is double what the original valuation showed last year. “The analysis from ECigIntelligence claims that the previous research over-valued some national markets and underestimated others. Early figures had suggested that the European e-cigarette market was worth somewhere in the $1.2bn (£0.7bn, €0.9bn) ballpark.” The UK and Germany are the biggest markets in Europe with Poland also having a sizable market share.
Barnaby Page, ECigIntelligence editorial director, added: “These figures show that e-cigarettes are here to stay – the question now is who will dominate one of the fastest-growing FMCG markets in Europe.” EcigIntelligence expects the e-cigarette market to be transformed by the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive – a new set of regulations that govern the tobacco industry set to be in full force by 2016 – “but not destroy it”. Read more here.