The regulation of electronic cigarettes have become a sort of monster in the closet that we all fear in some way. It isn’t the fear of the Food and Drug Administration being involved, it’s the knowing of what could possibly become. It’s a scare to know that what we’ve built, an industry, the market that propels it and everything involving it could come tumbling into a direction we’ve never imagined. We’ve guided this massively growing beast into what it is, but to think that everything we’ve worked for, the movements we endured and the feedback we’ve voiced could all be flipped is terrifying.
Though regulation being such a scare, I personally feel that it is needed to some extent. The electronic cigarette industry has provided so many with jobs and businesses, but is it always in the right hands? – Young adults and those who lack knowledge of the ingredients that make up e-liquid are quick to start their over-night e-cigarette business. We’ve had reports of e-liquid vendors mixing e-liquid they sell in unsanitary ways, vendors using various ways to measure nicotine that isn’t necessarily accurate and even from my own personal account, a vaper of only a few months asking me for advice for their soon to be e-liquid store.
It gives me great joy in knowing that this industry has provided so many opportunities for so many people, yet it saddens me to know that just anyone can mix e-liquid and distribute it around the world.
I believe in the American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association (AEMSA) because it lets electronic cigarette users know for sure that the company that they’re buying from has been inspected and are verified to have not only a safe workplace, but a sanitary workplace as well. It provides a way for you to know that the companies that are members, do in fact use good manufacturing practices and isn’t just an over-night get rich quick scheme.
Many blogs and forums won’t come out and bluntly say this because they don’t want the wrong people to catch wind of it, but I personally feel regulation is needed for the concerns stated above. Right now, there is no authority, no rules and allows anyone to do as they please, no matter how unsanitary or inaccurate it is… and that needs to change.