The FDA deeming regulations officially took effect on August 8, and, unfortunately, millions of loyal vapers are only now beginning to hear about them. One of the most outlandish changes resulting from the new federal oversight is the illegalization of free sampling of e-juices in local vape shops. Furthermore, employees are no longer allowed to help customers with coil rebuilds or other related modification services. In short, the FDA deeming regulations simply take a lot of the fun…and safety…out of visiting your neighborhood vape shop. Here are three simple ways that you can help to fight the FDA deeming regulations, regardless of where you live.
1. Join a vaping advocacy group.
There are lots of advocacy groups available to choose from, including those that are state-based, national, and international organizations. Join one or several and learn how you can get more involved. Some of the more popular national groups include the Right To Be Smoke Free Coalition, American Vaping Association (AVA), Electronic Vaping Coalition of America, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA).
2. Encourage more smokers to start vaping.
While the FDA deeming regulations became official on August 8, the majority of the restrictions do not kick in until Mid-2018. This gives the vaping community almost two full years to become a powerful, unstoppable force. Many e-cig and vaping manufacturers offer incentive programs for newbies by giving away vape kits at reduced prices. By helping your friends who currently smoke to make an easier transition to vaping, everybody wins.
3. Inform and educate your friends.
Vaping is no longer some odd, new trend. While many of us still receive the occasional dirty look or sideways glance once we pull out our vape mod at a party or in the car, many more of us are being asked very curious questions about vaping by both our smoking and non-smoking friends. Don’t be afraid to correct some of the misinformation that is flooding the media about electronic cigarettes. E-cigs and vaping is still 95% safer than smoking, and it always will be.
Vape shop owners can take this one step further. If you really want to help fight the FDA deeming regulations, encourage your customers to get involved, too. Ask them to join The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) or write their local Congressman or Senator. Remember, we are all in this together. Let’s win the War on Vaping by 2018!