FDA Continues Crack Down on Vaping Industry in Chicago

When it comes to the vaping consumer market, it is a largely unregulated industry; This is something the FDA has a problem with. Compounded with the $15+ city tax on e-cigarettes this year, Chicago’s lawmakers are cracking down on vaping in the windy city.

So just what is the FDA trying to push? New rules and regulations that will require all ecigarettes to pass FDA approval before they can be put out on the store shelves.

This puts a heavy burder on the manufactures of ecigs. They are looking at an additional $1 million dollars in cost to seek this approval from the FDA.

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A lot believe that this is big tobacco’s doing. Vaping is considered an “arch nemesis” of the tobacco industry because it turns so many traditional tobacco users into EX-users. Further concerns by the FDA include the flavoring of the ejuices themselves. Without proper FDA regulations, people may just be breathing in toxins that can harm them. Also, a lot of the flavors seem to appeal to children and the FDA worries this will attract minors to something intended for adult use only.

AVA President Gregory Conley has made the statement in the past that the FDA’s move “resembles prohibition.”

The burden the FDA is putting on vape businesses all throughout chicago is driving them to pack up and flat out quit. “The taxes are forcing small businesses out — I can’t work for peanuts,” one local Chicago vape store owner has said.

If things continue in this direction then the vaping industry in Chicago will surely be up in smoke.

Big Changes With Chicago Smoking Laws

The “bad news” Big Tobacco received when Chicago raised its smoking age to 21, outlawed discounts, issued a $6 million tax on cigars, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco and banned chaw altogether at sports vaping in chicagostadiums is starting to take effect with mixed results.  Some people love it while other’s (primarily those who utilize vaporizers) hate it.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel strengthened a sweeping anti-smoking agenda that has brought down the teen smoking rate down to 10.7 percent. The mayor is now aiming for what he called the “attainable goal” of creating a “tobacco-free generation.”

The mayor re-ignited a plan that raises Chicago’s smoking age from 18 to 21, taxes tobacco products other than cigarettes and prohibits coupons and discounts used to lure another generation of smokers to take up the habit in the first place.

In the Mayor’s own words back in March:

“Chicago has one of the lowest teen smoking rates — not only in history, but in the country. This is an important step.”

Critics contend that taxing tobacco products yet again when Chicago already has the nation’s highest cigarette tax at $7.17-a-pack will drive up the black-market sale of loose cigarettes that breed more serious crime and drive small retailers out of business, particularly those located near the city limits.

The City Council agreed to make Chicago the nation’s fourth big league city to ban smokeless tobacco at baseball stadiums and other “professional and amateur” sporting events.

San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles have passed similar bans that take effect this season while New York and Toronto have legislation pending.

The Chicago ban is a big victory for the so-called “Knock Tobacco Out of the Park” campaign sweeping the nation.