Thursday, September 08, 2016

Don't Bogart That Vape My Friend

If smoking could ever be considered sexy, no one did it better than Bogey. The white dinner jacket. Punctuating his lines in Casablanca with a drag on his cigarette.

The movie just would not have been the same with an e-cig in his hand.

E-cigarettes appeared on the market a few years ago as a "safe" alternative to regular cigarettes. The pitch was, you are just inhaling and exhaling water vapor, not smoke. The smoke was what damaged your lungs.

Some of us are old enough to remember commercials on TV where doctors in white coats extolled the virtue of menthol cigarettes that are good for your lungs.

Are e-cigs and water pipes a safe alternative for those who want to inhale?

The FDA doesn't think so.

What does the FDA deeming rule cover?

So glad you asked. In addition to tobacco, products derived from tobacco, and devices used with tobacco the FDA now has dominion over the following.

  • E-liquids
  • A glass or plastic vial container of e-liquid
  • Cartridges
  • Atomizers
  • Certain batteries
  • Cartomizers and clearomizers
  • Digital display or lights to adjust settings
  • Tank systems
  • Drip tips
  • Flavorings for ENDS
  • Programmable software

Programmable software?

What are ENDS?

The government must use acronyms. It's in their DNA.

ENDS are Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.

Aren't you glad you asked? 

And the FDA has given themselves permission to oversee all phases of production and distribution.

If you make, modify, mix, manufacture, fabricate, assemble, process, label, repack, relabel, or import ENDS, you must comply with these requirements for manufacturers.

And small businesses catch a break.

They still have to comply with all this bullshit, but they can take a little longer to implement.

If you really want to get into the weeds on this, take a look at the 150+ page report on Deeming Rules.

Two years ago it was only 84 pages.

All of this makes me want to have a drink. Better do it soon before that is outlawed as well.

Where would the Grateful Dead be today with lyrics that say "Don't Bogart that vape, my friend. Pass it over to me"?

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