Thursday, September 20, 2018
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E-cigarettes-friendly measure snuffed out, spelling trouble for small vape shops

The vaping and e-cigarette industry suffered a loss in Washington, D.C. this week. An amendment that would have prevented the Food and Drug Administration from regulating already-released e-cigarette products was not included in the final version of a House budget bill.

That means vaping manufacturers must submit their products for FDA approval within about a year. Locally, mom and pop vaping shops will likely feel the pinch from costs associated with getting FDA approval.

"It's going to make it cost prohibitive to continue," Nick Molina, CEO of VaporFi, said. VaporFi has three locations in Tampa Bay.

A House bill, however, could change this, exempting e-cigarettes from the tobacco distinction, thus exempting them from the FDA's purview.

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