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New trouble for vape industry. What regulation was left out?

Posted by Mario Rivera on

Barry Burris, 34, Central Ave Vape general manager, left, and Kyle Osowski, 24, store manager, vape while working behind the counter at their store. | Lara Cerri, Times

The vaping and e-cigarette industry suffered a loss in Washington, D.C. this week. An amendment that would have prevented the Food and Drug Administration from regulating already-released e-cigarette products was not included in the final version of a House budget bill.

That means vaping manufacturers must submit their products for FDA approval within about a year. Locally, mom and pop vaping shops will likely feel the pinch from costs associated with getting FDA approval.

"It's going to make it cost prohibitive to continue," Nick Molina, CEO of VaporFi, said. VaporFi has three locations in Tampa Bay.

A House bill, however, could change this, exempting e-cigarettes from the tobacco distinction, thus exempting them from the FDA's purview.

E-cigarettes-friendly measure snuffed out, spelling trouble for small vape shops 05/04/17 [Last modified: Thursday, May 4, 2017 3:52pm]

Thursday, May 4, 2017 3:52pm

Original Article: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/markets/e-cigarettes-friendly-measure-snuffed-out-spelling-trouble-for-small-vape/2322755


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