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May We Have The Attention of Vape Shop Owners?

 

If you own one of the 8,000 plus dedicated vape shops in the United States, this post is for you.  If your business is one of the several million establishments that now enjoy selling electronic cigarettes, e-hookahs, and vaping devices, you may also wish to pay attention.  As we all know (or should know by now), the FDA deeming regulations that turn a great many items into defacto tobacco products will go into effect in less than 60 days, after which point we’ll see a massive shift in the way that we all do business.

Let’s take a couple of minutes to look at the best practices for making sure that we can not only keep making money from the vaping industry, but also keep it intact for as long as possible.

What Deeming Regulations Mean For Business

The number of businesses that will be directly affected by these regulations is staggering, yet the number of owners who actually grasp the situation and are acting against them appears minuscule in comparison.  We have a monumental federal power grab and it seems as though most people have missed it.  On August 9th, you may not notice much difference in the way you do business, but over the following 2 years most of the companies operating in this industry will be gone.  The FDA’s regulatory burden will be too much for 99% of the companies supplying e-liquid and vapor technology to bear, and will be forced to close up shop for good.

By removing these companies, they (the government) are retarding the rapid advancement in technology that we have enjoyed over recent years, as well as destroying the massive variety of products that have time and again helped smokers to move to a less harmful alternative.  Cigarette sales are rapidly declining, and in a perfect world, many more than the 8,000+ we mentioned at the top of this post would be adopting the third or fourth generation products as a way to help those numbers drop faster.

How Can You Help

The vaping industry already has a small number of advocacy groups and trade associations working around the clock to try to affect the way that these regulations are implemented.  The way that these things were written, unless a product was on the shelves before 2007 (and there was only 1), they will be essentially outlawed in 3 years.  Unless, of course, the producers can get authorization from the FDA at a cost of around 1 million dollars per SKU (many companies have hundreds of products), which analysts have already determined is essentially impossible.

We need you to make sure that your customers are fully aware of the ramifications of the regulations, to get them involved with  The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, and that their voices are heard as the battle is taken to DC (you can even point them directly to this post from 2 weeks ago).  We need you to ensure that you are involved with The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association and your state trade associations to put your support behind those who are actively seeking to keep products on your shelves.

The bottom line is your bottom line, do what you can to protect it in the long-term.  No one gets into business to lose money, but if we all don’t start pulling together soon, that is exactly what everyone (with the exception of a couple of massive corporations) will be doing.

If you are a vape shop owner, please comment and let us know your vape shop name, location, and what you’ve done to ensure your customers are aware.

About the author

Daniel Hall

Avid Vaper, advocate and cloud chaser. Writer for 3 vaping websites and broadcaster/presenter as Vapin Demon on Coast 2 Coast Vapers.
Originally from Manchester, England, I got bored one day and moved to the USA.
Vaping saved my life and my aim is to save as many others as I can.

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  • Bodacious Vapes in Reno, NV 89503 Has plastered every aspect of the social media networks with posts and shares of this nature. We’ve also actively informed every customer, family member, friend, and supplier/distributor of what the FDA has done and what we can all do to help. All of us here at Bodacious Vapes are active members of the CASAA and follow all updates and current news. We love this industry and are going to do everything we can to help save it and if it bankrupts us in the process then it does and we will all know we did everything we could. Vaping saved my life and I too will try and save as many lives as I can until I can’t any more.
    Paul (Sonny) Chunglo Jr
    “Life Just Keeps Getting Better”
    Bodacious Vapes

  • Rustic Vapor in Marquette, MI and Sault Ste Marie, MI. We donate monthly to SFATA and we are a member. We donate all of our money for building coils. We also tell all of our customers about the upcoming regulations and have QR codes linked to advocacy throughout the stores.

  • We are Vandalia Mist and Goof E-juice, manufacturing in West Virginia where a draconian new tax on eliquids was signed into law yesterday. For five months, we have worked tirelessly alongside SFATA’s Schell Hammel, our own Del. Larry Faircloth, and local business owners, defeating those taxes twice. Saddly, our governor remained willingly ignorant of our potential to reduce harm and boost the economy. We hosted an educational symposium for policymakers where an elected official actually made eliquid in our lab alongside our molecular biologist. Last month, we donated 10 percent of online retail sales to the joint advocacy coalition, Right to Be Smoke-Free. We are planning to do the same this month, and the next. We are providing a tour of our production facilities to federal Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s economic development director and another representative from her office next week. Just last night our lab and founder was featured in a news video on WOWK-TV. We have also become involved with the WV GOP in order to build relationships and help form policy here in the future. Next weekend, we will attend the state convention.

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