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August 8 deeming regulations begin; Undercover FDA agents to police retailers

Posted by Matt Rowland on

As of August 8, 2016, the new FDA deeming regulations officially take effect, and a team of undercover FDA agents are hitting the streets to make sure that the laws are enforced.  According to a recent report in U.S. News, there is a statute in the regulations that requires all retailers to ask for photo identification from customers who look younger than 27-years of age.  If the salesperson does not ask for proper I.D., then the employee along with the shop owner may face legal ramifications.

Although this practice is very new to the vaping industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has employed this same secretive strategy for decades.  One common tactic of the ATF is to send younger members of the force who are still under the age of 21 into a local restaurant or nightclub.

By dressing and acting in a manner that is more “adult,” they then attempt to trick unwitting bartenders and servers into selling them alcohol.  If the employee falls for the bait, then both the establishment and the employee receive a fine or court summons on the spot, depending on the jurisdiction.  In many cases, the employee must be immediately terminated.

(Related Article: AUGUST 8 PROHIBITION & THE FDA E-CIG REGULATIONS: VAPING BRACES FOR ‘INDUSTRY FREEZE’)

The FDA might follow the lead of the ATF and use some of these same tactics, but they can also go a step farther.  The undercover FDA agent might appear in the vape shop as an older, everyday vaper browsing through the e-juices and vapes mods.  But secretly, they are watching to make sure that the cashiers at the sales counters aren’t forgetting to card their younger customers.

August 8 FDA deeming regulations: Free samples and coil rebuilds

Prohibiting the sale of e-cigs and vaping products to minors is only one of the new restrictions of the FDA deeming regulations.  Vape shops can no longer provide free samples of e-liquids or help their customers with technological modifications.  Traditionally, vape shop staff have been very helpful in educating newbies on the dangers of coil building, setting up and cleaning their devices properly, and troubleshooting some odd glitch.  But after today, these friendly displays of excellent customer service are now officially illegal in the eyes of the FDA.

If any of these services are witnessed by an undercover FDA agent, then the vape shop along with the employee can expect at least a hefty fine.   These same agents can issue citations for any offense of the FDA deeming regulations, including selling e-cigs and vaping supplies in public vending machines, misbranding or mislabeling e-cigs and vaping products, or selling a new product without an approved Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA).  August 8 has arrived, and the world of vaping will be forever changed.

(Related Article: ARE YOU READY FOR THE AUGUST 8 FDA DEEMING REGULATIONS?)

 


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23 comments

  • Welcome to the show. ?

    Geoffrey Yalenezian on
  • I own a vape shop and I’m okay with regulations, however I am not okay with FDA telling me that I can not assist my customers who have never picked up a vape before and have no clue wtf they are doing.. reasoning: assembling mod/tanks/coils would classify us as a tobacco manufacturer which is the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard. Just because I change my oil and install a battery doesn’t classify me as a Machanic. As for the fee to sample…we charge a 1.00 and if you make a purchase we apply to that sale. We feel if you come thru The Doors you have intentions on spending money and we feel a 1.00 is fair game Especially when we give our customers an opportunity to apply it to a purchase should they buy. FDA and tobacco companies can only do so much…they can only take over the vape industry if we hand it to them.

    Chris james on
  • They have started charging 50cents to try the flavors at the Vap flavor station in our Area . That isn’t a bad price to try out the juices

    Marlene on
  • You guys fuckin suck man I can understand the age restrictions and everything with carding but frfr the free samples helps vapors choose a good juice they prefer that way you aren’t stuck with bad juice and the friendly customer service acts makes it to where we don’t take the chance of something going wrong or help us keep are merchandice clean and and they help is do that because for a lot of new people they don’t know exactly how to do it fuckin assholes

    Nick on
  • The FDA made it impossible to get advice on vaping best practices and safety standards because they WANT more people to be hurt by bad builds so in can get to the media then they can ban it and big tobacco will win. Its all part of a plan.

    Susan on

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