Official says proposed regulations could bankrupt e-cigarette industry

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Could the FDA's proposed regulations on the e-cigarette industry bankrupt a booming business? Utah Vapers says yes.

On Wednesday, Utah lawmakers asked for more restrictions. Lawmakers are sending a letter to the FDA, asking for tougher regulations while Utah Vapers is asking for more time to try and change their minds.

"Is Captain Crunch and cotton candy, are those appropriate flavors?" asked Representative Paul Ray, who proposed legislation to regulate how e-cigarettes are advertised and sold during the session. The bill failed, but in April the FDA released its own proposed guidelines.

"If adults use e-cigarettes, that's their choice. It's the kids," Ray said.

In a letter to the FDA, Rep. Ray will be asking the federal government to impose even stricter rules on how electronic cigarettes are marketed.

"To come back and say this is a safe alternative to cigarettes is completely a bold face lie," he said.

"I'm happy to see there are going to be some market restrictions," said Aaron Frazier of Utah Vapers. He said he supports any regulation that keeps e-cigs out of teens' hands. "Where we really run into problems with these regulations, is with the details."

Frazier said the FDA's string of proposed regulations include forcing businesses to register the vapors it sells. The price tag? $15,000 for every flavor.

"I'm very concerned with what this could potentially do if the regulations get enacted as they are today," he said. "What that's going to do is that is going to shut down, just in the state of Utah, over 50 Main Street businesses who employ a total of around 600 employees around the state."

The 75 day comment period the FDA gave the public end in late June.


  • Bob

    Most children dump their binkies by age 1 or 2. Some adults think it looks mature to walk down the street vaping.
    Everybody knows that nicotine isn’t addictive, cigarettes don’t cause cancer, and e-cigarettes are good for your health.
    Of course when people don’t have anything better to spend their money on ….

    • Cartman

      My daughter uses one. It’s helped her stop smoking. I’ve never heard anyone claim that they’re “good for you”, or that “nicotine isn’t addictive.” You made that up in your addled brain. (Diet Coke is addictive too, you know.)

      Nicotine doesn’t cause cancer. That’s the whole point of the e-cigs.

      What’s your fascination with government regs, anyway? It’s already illegal to sell the things to kids. Enforce the existing law, and leave adults alone. I swear, Utah is THE most liberal state in the nation, if by liberal you mean “government micromanagement of our lives.”

      • Bob

        Utah, the state with no marijuana, no gambling, no prostitution, and a bad attitude about illegal aliens. No doubt about it, Utah needs to step up into the 21st Century.

      • Cartman

        You don’t get out much, do you. Utah has plenty of prostitution. Always has. The only place it’s LEGAL in the entire United States is in a few rural counties in Nevada. Your idea that Utah is some kind of last bastion against prostitution is absurd.

        Utah has plenty of marijuana. Anyone who wants it has it. No problem.

        Utah has plenty of gambling. Utahns are the reason why West Wendover and Mesquite exist.

        Adults do as they please. Including Utahns. The only question is how many of them you want to incarcerate for their choices. I think any and all behaviors should be legal for adults, as long as no one else has to pay for the consequences. Drugs? Go for it. But not a DIME of taxpayer money to treat the effects,

        It’s not “freedom” if people are only free to do as you say.

      • Cartman

        But to wrench the discussion back to the subject at hand: Why should the State regulate e-cigs? As long as it’s illegal to sell them to kids, and the law is enforced, why should it be any of your business? So what if you don’t like seeing someone puffing in a e-cig? Do we really need laws to protect you from seeing behaviors you don’t personally like? And what other behaviors should be on that list? What other prior restraints should be placed on supposedly “free” citizens on the basis of what MIGHT happen?

        The e-vapor is just STEAM with a small dose of nicotine. There is no evidence that any bystanders get even a TINY dose from sharing a room with someone who is vaping. So why should it be regulated beyond just making sure kids can’t buy it? Give me a logical reason that doesn’t involve you imposing your personal “feelings” on others.

    • Tim

      So you dont like seeing people vape and it should be made illegal.
      I dont like see people wear their pants around their knees when they walk down the street, Lets make that illegal.
      I dont like seeing people that obviously havent bathed in days. Lets make it illegal to walk down the street covered in dirt.
      Is there anything else that you think we should make illegal because you dont like to see it. How about we have an big open ballot election and anything people write in that gets 50% of the turn out vote gets made illegal. I bet there are things that you do that people would love to have the police arrest you for.

  • Scott

    Good thing the issues concerning obesity and education have been resolved. Flavored alcohol and nicotine gun, no issue with that? Responsible parenting? Adults still like candy, I know I do. Traditional cigarettes have been proven, without any doubt, that they kill though they are sold openly, which is fine with the Paul. Who makes the Captain Crunch? Sounds tasty, and gotta try that. : )

  • Paula

    I’d like to know why just because we are adults we are not entitled to flavors that taste good? They say that e-cigs are marketing towards minors because of names like “captain crunch” and “cotton candy”……where is the rule that states that’s directed towards children? I am a 43 year old woman and I vape “grape” and razzmatazz”. These people have absolutely no common sense and they will make up whatever issue that they need to in order to get what they want. Cigarette companies do not market toward minors and surprise surprise there are minors smoking.

  • Brad Franciosi

    The kids argument is so weak. It’s grasping at straws to find anything to find fault with electronic cigarettes. The fact that they are better than the combustible death sticks is a lie? Really? 4,000 chemicals in which 60 are known carcinogens in combustible death sticks. There is zero of that in e-cigs. ZERO! Somebody please tell me how FDA approved Propylene Glycol, FDA approved Vegetable Glycerin and GRAS Flavorings put together suddenly becomes something that needs to be regulated, taxed, and generally made to disappear. Oh yeah. I forgot. Tobacco companies are seeing their bottom lines fall as well as Pharmaceutical companies and lost tax revenue from the sale of cigarettes. It’s not about your health or mine. It’s all about money and who is not raking it in anymore.

  • Anthony

    Paul Ray is a bald face liar and an accomplice to the future deaths of smoking related illnesses from people subject to any regulations that result from his pernicious ignorant statements.

    Obviously Mr Ray has no researched the reduced harm effects of electronic cigarettes and has never experienced how a smokers body changes for the better when one makes the switch.

    Perhaps Mr Ray had a vested interest in big pharma as is evidenced by his funding portfolio. In that case Mr Ray I hope karma takes a little visit to your family one day for every person who ends up with an oxygen bottle by their side because of emphysema or who drowns slowly and dies a painful death for king cancer as a result of legislation that results from your ignorant lies.

  • Mikal

    There were a few State Legislators that saw through Rep Rays open mouth insert foot statements…thought he was an educated individual to be in the position he’s in…he keeps proving everyone wrong on that one though. Enforce the regulations currently in place to purchase these items and leave the Adults that have found a way to quit smoking alone…Period.

  • Stacy

    This has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not e-cigs are bad for you as adults or keeping them out of the hands of minors. Big tobacco will suffer tremendous financial effects if vaping takes over and exceeds the smoking community. If it’s not completely regulated by the government they believe they will lose money, and we all know that is not going to be allowed to happen. Just my opinion. I love my vaping, various e-juices and MODs! This thing needs to be nipped in the bud quickly! Completely ridiculous!

  • Linda

    Not all vape has nicotine in it. You can vape without the nicotine in different flavors of e-juice which more people than you realize do. Vaping leads to people in giving up smoking and please don’t say vaping is smoking it’s not. Vaping is no more than heated liquid causing steam with the added bonus of flavoring. Many doctor’s do not consider it smoking once the level of nicotine drops in a test they can run to check. No I’m not advocating that teens should have access to them. If anyone is against adults having e-cigs ask them how much they have invested in the tobacco industry. They may not want to lose future stock income.

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