Hands Off – Another Facet of FDA Regulations
If you're the type of vaper who tends to frequent brick-and-mortar (B&M) vape shops as a supplement to your online shopping, you've likely noticed an odd change in the last few months.
Gone are the "build bars" where shop staff can set up and install new coils or fresh wicks. Instead of an employee who's ready to help you unbox a product and show you how to properly install a coil or attach a tank to a mod, there are now ominous signs warning you that workers aren't allowed to help you by handling your device. And the tasting bars, long a staple draw of visiting a vape shop in person, are no longer allowed to give free samples.
All of this, of course, can be credited to the far-reaching "deeming regulations" from the federal Food and Drug Administration that went into effect last August. Declaring anything vaping-related to be a tobacco product in the eyes of the law, regulations that have long applied to products that actually contain tobacco now apply to batteries, metal tubes, and glass tanks.
While these are disappointing developments for those who began vaping under less-strict environs, there's still hope. You'll find it, of course, online.
The Breazy blog archives are a great place to start – we've taken the time to break down most of the processes involved in getting your vape working and keeping it in tip-top shape, from priming a coil to mating your batteries, we've got you covered.
Online forums are also a great source of knowledge – there are plenty out there to choose from, but you'll find us spending most of our time at Vaping Underground or E-Cigarette Forum, two of the biggest and best-known vape discussion boards. There, you'll find everything from beginner tutorials and places to ask for advice on your first (or latest) purchase to tips from some of the craziest coil builders and equipment modders in the world. There's also plenty of room to just relax and talk vaping with a crowd of like-minded enthusiasts.
Those of us who've been in the industry a long time are no fans of these new laws – while imposing extra restrictions on B&M shops will drive more customers online where they'll certainly encounter monetary savings, there's something to be said for quick access to hands-on help even when it costs a bit more. We hope you'll take a moment to join CASAA or another vape advocacy group that's working to push back against draconian anti-vape laws, but in the meantime we're here to help keep your tank topped off and the clouds flowing.