Jun 13

Will E-Cigarettes Be Safer After Regulations Take Effect?

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The FDA has set regulations on e-cigarettes. Does that mean they will be safer when regulations have passed? Here are some of the facts and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Will Vapor Products Be Safer After FDA Regulations Go Into Effect?


On May 5th, 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) set their deeming regulations on e-cigarettes to go into effect after 90 days. The submission date has since been extended to August 2017.

‘Going into effect’ means that all companies selling electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) manufactured after 2007 would need to file extensive reports with the FDA to obtain authorization to market their products. 

If you’re considering switching from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigs, but you're waiting to buy an FDA approved e-cigarette, I suggest you don’t hold your breath. 

According to the FDA the review process is expected to take months…more likely years. Also, there's little indication that e-cigarettes will become “safer” or that industry standards will change dramatically after regulations become final. Okay, it seems ironic but here’s what scientific studies have already shown.

1- Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that electronic cigarettes are at least 95% and no less than 99% safer than combustible (tobacco) cigarettes.

2- Regarding e-liquid safety:

  • The chemicals diacetyl and acetylcholine has been removed from e-liquid formulas by the most pro-active (and best) e-liquid manufacturers. 

It's interesting to note that Acetylcholine is an essential neurotransmitter in your brain responsible for memory, thought, concentration and focus. A deficiency may lead to a decline in memory and cognitive function.

  • Formaldehyde content in e-liquids has been a concern and will be addressed. Previous sensational news reports about dangerous levels of formaldehyde and the presence of anti-freeze in e-liquids have already been discredited by scientists and other industry experts.
  • Child-proof bottles are now becoming the industry standard.

3- Battery safety is a key concern. The best vaporizer models now have safety features such as automatic shutoff which prevents overheating and thermal runaway – events that could lead to battery failure and explosions.

4- Regarding underage vaping laws. There are currently zero U.S. States that permit the sale of vaping products to those under 18 years of age, so that particular FDA regulation is already in effect.

The bottom line regarding ecig safety is to do your homework. Buy now, but don’t buy inferior products or knock-offs (clones) and always follow the product directions.

Will There Be Problems After FDA Regulations Go Into Effect?

If you’re wondering how vapers will be affected by FDA regulations, the good news is that you’ll still be able to purchase all your favorite vapor products for a long time. 

The biggest debate regarding FDA e-cig regulations is not about e-cigarette safety but whether the extremely high costs involved in compliance will wipe out most of the vapor industry.

Since ENDS manufacturers must submit an application for every product they sell, many e-cigarette styles and e-liquid flavors that you enjoy today may be discontinued. What’s more, exorbitant filing costs may cause manufacturers to increase their prices.

If FDA regulations go into effect as written, it is feared that the majority of vapor companies will go out of business, leaving only the tobacco owned ecig companies (such as Green Smoke and Vuse) who are known for product lines that are limited and lacking in innovation.

In the meantime, the number of adults choosing to vape rather than smoke continues to grow. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 9 million adults vape regularly in the United States. The 2016 ASH.org report stated an estimated 2.8 million adults in Great Britain currently use electronic cigarettes. 

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About the author

Dan S.

Daniel is a senior analyst for a Fortune 500 company and is dedicated to Tobacco Harm Reduction. Known for his cool-headed temperament, his honesty and integrity, he has been testing and reviewing electronic cigarette devices since 2010.

Find more of his reviews on Cloud Nine Ecig & Health Reviews and Best E-Cigarette Guide.

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