American vapers are still waiting to hear the final verdict on how the FDA will regulate electronic cigarettes. This week, American Vaping Association President Greg Conley spoke out about the precarious situation and its potential consequences. Conley pointed out that today’s small ecig start ups just don’t have the resources to withstand the long and arduous FDA approval process. He believes that the current regulatory proposal would essentially just hand the whole vaping industry to Big Tobacco and give them full control.
Conley estimated that 99 percent of vaping businesses would “shudder” under the regulations. Theses small businesses are already facing an uphill battle as they compete with Big Tobacco companies with multi-billion dollar budgets. The smallest of America’s four major tobacco companies has a marketing budget of $26 billion. With that kind of money to spend, the tobacco producers won’t have any problems complying with FDA requirements. On the other hand, the small businesses that make the vaping industry great will suffer.
Ecig manufacturers won’t be the only victims in the new regulations. Small town vape shops will also suffer. They will only be allowed to sell products that are approved by the FDA, which will drastically change their inventory. A lot of their current merchandise will have to be pulled from the shelves and it’s likely that ecigs owned by Big Tobacco companies will likely take their places.
Many vapers have a fundamental issue with buying electronic cigarettes from tobacco companies. After choosing vaping as a method to stop using tobacco, people just don’t trust ecigs coming from the companies that produce cigarettes. In some ways, it would be like an alcohol company offering alcoholism support. It just doesn’t make sense when you really think about it.
Do you trust Big Tobacco to manufacture electronic cigarettes? Are you worried that regulations could eliminate some of your favorite eliquid brands?