The following are some key FDA regulations and proposals concerning the sale of disposable vape products and vape products in general. Note that regulations may change over time, and it’s essential to stay updated on the latest information.
The Tobacco Control Act and Deeming Rule: In 2016, the FDA’s Deeming Rule extended its authority to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, vape pens, and disposable vape devices. Manufacturers of these products must now comply with the Tobacco Control Act, which includes registering their products, reporting ingredients, and adhering to other requirements.
Minimum age requirement: As of December 2019, the federal minimum age for purchasing tobacco products, including vape products, was raised to 21 years in the United States. This change applies to all retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar.
Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA): As of September 9, 2020, manufacturers of vape products, including disposables, are required to submit a PMTA for each of their products. The PMTA process involves providing extensive information to the FDA, demonstrating that the product is appropriate for the protection of public health. The FDA will review each application and decide whether to authorize the marketing of the product.
Flavor restrictions: In January 2020, the FDA announced a new policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarette products that appeal to youth, including fruit and mint flavors. The policy does not include tobacco and menthol flavors, nor does it apply to disposable vape devices, open tank systems, or e-liquids. However, there has been ongoing debate over whether the FDA should extend these restrictions to other vape products, including disposables.
Advertising and marketing restrictions: The FDA has established rules that prohibit vape product marketing targeted at minors. This includes using descriptors such as “light” or “mild,” distributing free samples, and sponsoring sports or cultural events. The FDA has also warned and taken action against companies for using marketing tactics that may appeal to youth, such as featuring cartoons or characters.
These are some of the key FDA regulations and proposals concerning the sale of disposable vape products and vape products in general up to September 2021. It is crucial to stay informed about the latest developments in FDA regulations, as they can change and have a significant impact on the vape industry.