Monthly Archives: July 2016
Two years after first proposing to regulate vapour products as tobacco, the Food and Drug Administration has finally followed through on its threat.
The new rule will take effect on 8 August this year and effectively freeze the category after that date. While all products on the market by that point will have two years to submit a Premarket Tobacco Application (of which more later) in order to remain legal, every product invented after 8/8/16 will need that authorization to be approved prior to marketing.
Getting FDA authorization will be impossible for almost all vape businesses. Companies will have to prove that their products are “appropriate for the protection of public health”, an almost impossible standard to meet and one that is not clearly defined. In order to meet it, FDA states that companies will need to spend millions of dollars per individual product just to get a hearing. Most companies won’t bother trying and will exit the market in two years’ time, or look
Billed as “a true story of government failure, big business and the vaping revolution” and featuring ECF’s very own Oliver “Smokey Joe” Kershaw, vaping documentary "A Billion Lives" premiered to acclaim last month in Wellington, New Zealand. Since then, the team have been taking the film across the globe on a tour of screenings and film festivals.
The European premier takes place tomorrow in Warsaw, Poland, before the team head home to start preparing for the US launch. This could be the film that changes minds on vaping around the world - but the team needs the support of vapers.
Unless you've had your head under a mod you'll have heard of Aaron Biebert's film. Over the years, many attempts have been made to document the vaping movement. Until now, none has been successful, principally because the funding requirements to do it justice are huge. But Aaron has pulled it off.
We caught up with him while he was in Warsaw and asked