SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—A number of new federal regulations concerning the sale of e-cigarettes or “vapes” go into effect Monday. Now local vendors are starting to worry the regulations could stunt their business.
General Manager of 417 Vapor, Jessamyn Orchard says the regulations pertaining to customer age limit are no big issue, considering its been the Missouri state law to not serve e-cigarettes or e-cigarette accessories to those under 18 for a while now.
She says her main concern is the loss of money businesses will see after the current halt of new products called for by the regulations.
“Our market is frozen,” she says.
She says between the lock on manufacturing new juice flavors, and the newly-instated inability to give samples to customers could cause major issues for businesses.
“Within that two year compliance period, with those regulations, and the money it would cost some of these small businesses to comply, it will put a number of shops out of business,” says Orchard.
For now she says she hopes to see a rise in advocacy from those hoping to protect the e-cigarette industry.
Click Here to read the FDA’s online list of new regulations.