Speaking with CNBC, U.S. Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the FDA is considering the possibility of limiting sales of some vapor products to vape shops, taking them out of convenience stores and other non-adult-exclusive retail locations in order to minimize youth access to the products. Per Commissioner Gottlieb:
“We’re looking at what can be sold in brick-and-mortar stores and whether or not flavored products can be sold in regular stores like a 7-Eleven and a truck stop and a gas station, or whether or not flavored products on the market should be confined to adult vaping shops, which generally tend to do a better job of checking ID.”
This is welcome news indeed, and if the FDA follows through on this suggestion that vape shops will be the exclusive retail points of sale for vapor products, will solidify trust from the vapor community in a substantial way. As VAPE News and industry advocates have pointed out in the past, enforcement of existing law is far preferable to the addition of new layers of regulation which take consumer choice away from adult vapers. Restricting where vapor products are sold, therefore, is much preferable to restricting which vapor products are sold. Confining sales of these products to vape shops, which are adult-only retail locations, is reasonably expected to be both more effective and more freedom-minded than measures such as flavor bans or unreasonably high “sin taxes.”
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