Have you heard all the excitement surrounding e-cigerettes? It seems as though everyone is jumping on the ecig bandwagon. From major big box retailers to small mom and pop stores are selling them. Also, there are all types of vape shops popping up in cities all across the nation. This does not take into account the number of online retailers that are offering ecigs.
However, it would look as though we are walking into the wild west where e-cigs are concerned. There is still very little regulation on e-cigs. So it is important that consumers and retailers do as much as possible to understand e-cigs and consumer law. This article is designed to help you better understand some of the finer points to further protect you.
One of the sticky points considering e-cigs is the sale and use by minors. Whereas there are stringent laws and regulations with the sales of cigarettes to minors, there is none with e-cigs. While there is nicotine in e-cigs, there is no tobacco, which allows children to buy them without adult supervision. However, there has been much controversy on this issue. Many individuals have stated that with flavors such as bubble gum, cookies and cream, and chocolate, e-cigs are being specifically marketed to youths. It should be known that while very little is known about the long term effects of e-cigs, they do contain high amounts of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals. More than likely in the future, e-cigs and consumer law will be changed to protect minors from such easy access.
While e-cigs are legal to sell in all states, they are not allowed to misrepresent the safety of their use. While it is just a theory that e-cigs are safer than traditional cigarettes, there is no scientific fact to back it up. Therefore under the law, e-cigs can not be sold with the claim that they are safer to use. In fact, there have been several states that have already banned the sale of specific e-cigs that have offered false claims. It is essential that as a retailer, you stay up to date with the current regulations and laws. One must know that ignorance of the law is never a defense, especially with tobacco laws.
There is no question about it, e-cigs are on a new frontier, and it is going to take several years before all the legislation and regulations are fully sorted out. This is due to the fact, that there is so very little scientific research about the long term effects of e-cigs on the human body. Considering there are so many young people using these as an alternative to smoking, it will be a while before there can be actually scientific data to drive new laws.
However, as a retailer, you must stay informed and vigilant to local, state, and FDA regulations. This will help to protect you and your business. And consumers should check on rules to ensure that they are “staying on the right side of the law” as well.