E-cig study predicts rise in ‘Black Market’ vaping without repeal of FDA deeming regulations

According to a recent e-cig study conducted by the UK Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR), Americans can expect to witness a rapid rise in Black Market vaping if the FDA deeming regulations are not successfully repealed.  The team of researchers led by Dr. Christopher Russell and Dr. Neil McKeganey began the study by consulting with some 9,040 participants where they were asked a series of questions relating to their current and possibly future vaping habits. 

Shockingly, what they discovered is that some 33 percent, or 282 respondents, would consider a return to smoking or dual use should the FDA deeming regulations fail to be overturned.  The report published on the CSUR website also states that more than 60 percent surveyed expressed intentions to respond to the excessive government oversight in four distinct, and possibly dangerous, ways.

  1. They would stock up and buy their vaping and e-cig products “in bulk” just before the FDA deeming regulations fully take effect during the summer of 2018.
  2. They would consider purchasing their products and technology from a “local non-authorised vendor” (Black Market) after the FDA deeming regulations take effect.
  3. They would look for ways to purchase their products from overseas vendors.
  4. They would entertain the concept of manufacturing their own vaping technology and e-liquids.

The controversy lies in the fact that three out of four of these “options” have the potential to severely jeopardize public health.  For example, the self-manufacturing of vaping technology is not without its fair share of risks.  E-cig explosions from defective batteries were already occurring at an alarming rate.  Does the FDA really want the average vaper to begin experimenting with amperages and voltages, too?


Furthermore, while a major portion of vaping technology is manufactured in China and elsewhere, most e-liquids sold to American vapers are produced right here in the United States.  If the FDA deeming regulations go into effect and e-liquid retailers are forced to adhere to the million-dollar Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) process, then thousands of vape juice suppliers will likely close up shop.

If DIY e-liquids become the norm, then the chances of vapers including some rather questionable ingredients into their newfangled e-juice recipes increases dramatically.  Meanwhile, if they decide to purchase from overseas vendors with limited or non-existent government regulatory protocols in place, then the risks of ingesting Diacetyl and other harmful substances also increases. 

CSUR e-cig study also demands FDA alternative to vaping

Scientists Russell and McKeganey also openly wonder whether the FDA is intentionally misrepresenting the facts about vaping to the American People…or are they simply behind the times in their research? With so much already-published science indicating that vaping is up to 95 percent safer and healthier than smoking, why is the FDA still demonizing vaping?  And if vaping is as deadly as the FDA asserts, then why hasn’t the public health organization offered an alternative to vaping other than Big Pharma nicotine replacement therapies or Big Tobacco products and cigarettes?

“However, FDA has made no statement about what it expects these 8.34 million current e-cigarette users will do if and when they are no longer able to legally buy the e-cigarette products they currently use, and more importantly, whether these future behaviours will increase or decrease these individuals’ risk for exposure to toxicants. That is, while FDA’s pre-market tobacco application (PMTA) process will require manufacturers who wish to keep an e-cigarette product on the market after August 8th 2018 to provide estimates of how population toxicant exposure will change as a result of introducing the product into the market – by conducting research on the product’s toxicity and likelihood of uptake by population sub-groups – FDA has not publicly stated the extent to which population toxicant exposure is anticipated to change as a result of withdrawing the majority of e-cigarette products from the licit market after August 8th 2018.”

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its controversial FDA deeming regulations in 2016, even scientists in Great Britain were taken by surprise.  Thankfully, researchers like those from CSUR are joining in the American War on Vaping.   


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