What Will the Flavored E-cig Ban Accomplish?

What Will the Flavored E-cig Ban Accomplish?

ALEX ZEIG27 comments

At this point, we’ve all heard about the latest reports that are connecting vaping to a dangerous lung disease. At VaporDNA, we went into detail regarding some of the reasons why those concerns may be blown out of proportion. This time around, we’re going to focus on the proposed ban of flavored e-juices from the Trump administration. While many experts are discussing how best to combat the illness that’s not yet fully understood, which is why this ban might be both rushed and poorly informed.


But the targeting of flavored e-juices specifically is puzzling, to say the least. While there are some things we still need to figure out regarding this unknown illness, just about none of the available research points toward flavored e-juice as the culprit. So, before you go tossing your favorite dessert vape in the garbage, let’s go over some reasons why banning these flavored e-juices won’t make much sense.


No effect on THC illness

The proposed ban is only going to affect nicotine concentrates even though nearly all the people that have gotten sick were vaping THC cartridges, most of which were unflavored. Some people could even be allergic to THC itself, which would cause the lung problems we’ve seen in the last month. Considering the much larger black market of THC products than nicotine, the starting cannabis product is significantly more likely to go unchecked for mold or other harmful byproducts of the THC.


Forcing Vapers to Black Market Sellers

Many people following the story believe the victims of this illness got their vape product from a black market seller where their products and processes are completely unregulated. When you buy from the black market, there’s no oversight around the quality or safety of the starting product, the chemicals used to extract nicotine, or the cutting agents the extractor used to make their product ready to vape. All these unknown factors do one thing: increase risk, which is the exact opposite of what government regulation is supposed to do.


Unfortunately, the flavored e-cig ban would only force more people into a market that’s inherently more risky than a typical retail storefront. This is just one way that the flavored e-juice ban would actually put more people in harm’s way and not fewer.


May force current vapers go back to smoking

While the black market represents a level of risk with which many people are uncomfortable, smoking cigarettes represents a certain risk with which entirely too many are comfortable. While cigarettes are old and familiar to lawmakers and consumers alike, we know absolutely that cigarettes can give consumers deadly diseases. This ban would almost certainly result in an increase of Americans smoking cigarettes, a trend that the federal government itself has tried to work against until now.


It’s widely accepted that vaping can be an effective way to help people quit smoking cigarettes, and this ban is set up to undo that and push people back toward older, nastier habits. The last thing people want out of this is to get people back to smoking and doing serious damage to their lungs and overall health.


No impact on teen vaping problem

One of the first reasons the Trump administration sited for this ban was to protect underage Americans from getting sick due to the vaping habit they’re not allowed to have yet. In reality, because any trustworthy vape shop is going to check the ID of any customer entering their store, this ban will not keep kids away from vaping. Their black market channels are unaffected by a government ban, so it won’t be protecting minors in any meaningful capacity.


While there is more than a few good reasons to keep kids away from consuming any nicotine products until they’re of age, this is simply not an effective way to promote that concept.


A blow to American small businesses

Like it or not, vaping has become big business in a short amount of time. There are more than 20,000 vape shops all across the United States, and this ban on e-juices will make those small businesses less appealing to customers and less profitable for the business.


Hassan Sobh, the owner of a prominent Miami vape shop that was recently featured in a Vice article about Trump’s flavored e-cig ban, says “80 percent of my sales are vape products. A lot of the tourists who come by don't have these flavors where they live, so they stock up." So, once again, this ban is delivering a serious blow to small businesses with insufficient evidence that their flavored products are even harmful in the first place.


And, just for a sense of scale, the vape industry currently employees nearly 90,000 people across the US. This isn’t just a handful of businesses in an insignificant industry. Vaping is now a major player in the US economy, and this ban threatens its growth in a way that could put a lot of people out of a job and disrupt the money moving through what is currently a healthy American economy.


Misguided, misinformed, we can do better

While it may not be malicious, this ban has the potential for big negative impacts on businesses and human beings alike. There is a reasonable way to make sure the vape industry produces safe products for customers to consume, but this is simply not it. If we’re going to really figure out what’s going on with the few people that have been affected by this lung illness, then we need to do so in a way that helps people and equips them with facts, not with hyperbole and knee jerk reactions.

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Comments (27)

Colin Page

im 56 and from the UK. Ive been vaping for 2 years now. Ive smoked for 40 years and vaping got me off the fags. Ive got c,o,p,d and that’s lung disease and vaping has improved my breathing and feel better. Ive got a leaking heart valve and my heart doctor told me to stick to the vaping. So all this going on is bull shit. UK is 95% safe vaping.

Jacob Beal

As Phil Busardo and Dmitri said in their most recent video, by banning flavors other than tobacco and menthol, they are training a new generation to enjoy the flavor of tobacco. All the news channels and media had sworn that vaping was a gateway to smoking. By doing this, the government is contributing to that theory.
It’s going to take a major push back by the community, this industry, to keep this from happening. We all know what has caused these lung diseases to occur, and we all need to take a stand.
I am saddened that it has come to this, but we can prevail. We must fight, for everyone here, for our families, and most importantly, for ourselves. I know I don’t want to become just a number in a statistic, I’d rather be part of the cure.
Nothing is going to stop underage tobacco use. Nothing is going to stop illicit/ illegal drug use. But as a community, we can make (at least the tobacco use) safer with vaping.

Raymond R

Mary D stated: “Get rid of JUUL & devices like it, & get rid of nic-salts-”

If there were no nic salts available I’d still be smoking tobacco. So no, I completely and utterly disagree with you. I tried regular vapes twice and they were totally ineffective. Nic salts worked.


I forgot to put that although Juul devices are discreet l, they were designed to be discreet for adults and not for teens to hide. We don’t necessarily have the comforts of bringing a 220 watt cloud chaser to an event where discression is key. Plus they’re made small because the amount of nic salt needed compared to regular vg based cloud producers are reduced dramatically hence the small size. But being 46 years old analog cigarettes is what teens used to get that buzz or light head in the day. I am at a loss as to what to do to control teens on matters like this because some are rebellious depite the repercussions of their actions.


I think the comment of banning Juul and and similar devices is absurd because the ban is regarding this lung condition not teen vaping which of course is an issue but being a person who’s vaped for 6 years I had to use a cigalike to quit which wasn’t nic salt and although it worked I know if nic salt pod devices were around when I quit stinky analogs the quest would have been way easier because nic salts mimic the throat hit of analogs almost spot on. But the fact these affected people with this condition were also vaping thc cartridges and nicotine PG and VG are the blamed culprits is ridiculous. This just seems like inalienable rights that adults have are being violated. Alcohol is proven to wreck the liver and analog cigarettes overwhelmingly are roven to contain carcinogens and yet they are readily available and promoted on tv. These people I’m sure have invested in Big Tobacco and Booze stocks and want the alternative eradicated for financial reasons not for reasons of integrity of being concerned for societies health. Shame on them.

Benjamin Burton

Banning flavors will do literally nothing to help the problem. Underage smoking has been a problem for many years. If yoire in high school chances are you have a friend or older sibling that’s over the age of 18 and willing to buy your vape for you. And in some states you can buy the stuff online just as easy. All the flavor banning will accomplished is increased cigarette sales. I’m baffled that the FDA can’t see that or just doesn’t care.


How many people have died from “Tabacco” products that are full of incredibly toxic chemicals? Yet they have never been banned. We have lost a lot more than 8 kids to AK assault style weapons…but they refuse to ban them..in fact, in most states there is no age limit to have one. Grandpa can give you one at six! But 8 people die from vaping and it must be stopped? Anyone consider big tobacco companies and lobbiest could be behind this? I mean if “tabacco” flavor isn’t among the banned juices…hello. Ask any adult vaper if you take there flavors what they will do and they will tell you “If I’m forced to vape horse shit flavor, I will just go back to smoking horse shit.”

Sheila Hebda

If this should happen are you still going to be selling starter kits coils and the nicotine juice

Sheila Hebda

If this should happen are you still going to be selling starter kits coils and the nicotine juice


I smoked for 35 years and vaping was the only thing that successfully got me off and has kept me off of cigarettes. Sour melon eliquid was the flavor. I can not believe that they are trying to ban something that is less harmful than cigarettes. It just blows my mind.

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