‘Hundreds out of jobs,’ e-cigarette seller warns after FDA regulations

‘Hundreds out of jobs,’ e-cigarette seller warns after FDA regulations


RIGHT NOW, OWNERS OF VAPE SHOPS
IN OUR AREA ARE SAYING THEY
MIGHT HAVE TO SHUT DOWN.
JUST THIS WEEK, THE
MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY OF
E-CIGARETTES WAS SLAPPED WITH A
MOUNTAIN OF NEW REGULATIONS.
WYFF NEWS 4’S COREY DAVIS TELLS
US WHY BUSINESS OWNERS HERE AT
HOME SAY JOBS ARE AT STAKE.
COREY: E-CIGARETTES HAVE BEEN
AROUND FOR NEARLY A DECADE.
>>NO ONE SHOULD VAPE UNLESS
THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AN
ALTERNATIVE TO SMOKING.
COREY: BRAD WOOTEN AND HIS WIFE
STARTED “WOO VAPES” ABOUT A YEAR
AGO, SELLING BATTERY-POWERED
E-CIGARETTES.
>>WE OPENED IT AFTER BEING
LONGTIME SMOKERS.
COREY: THE DEVICES HAVE LIQUID,
WHICH CONTAINS NICOTINE.
>>I KNOW I WOULD PROBABLY GO
BACK TO SMOKING CIGARETTES
WITHOUT THE E-CIGARETTE.
COREY: FOR THE FIRST TIME,
WOOTEN, AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE
E-CIGARETTE INDUSTRY, ARE FACING
REGULATIONS BY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT.
>>IT WOULD MEAN THAT WE WOULD
PROBABLY SHUT DOWN.
COREY: LIQUIDS AND BATTERIES ALL
HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY THE FOOD
AND DRUG AND ADMINISTRATION.
INGREDIENTS MUST BE DISPLAYED ON
PACKS, WITH A WARNING STATING
THAT NICOTINE IS ADDICTIVE.
THE COST FOR BUSINESSES TO APPLY
AND REGISTER EVERY VARIETY SOLD
IN A STORE COULD REACH MORE THAN
$1 MILLION.
>>THERE’S GOING TO BE HUNDREDS
OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA OUT OF
JOBS. IN MY BUSINESS ALONE,
WE’LL HAVE FOUR PEOPLE OUT OF
WORK.
COREY: THE FDA SAYS BUSINESSES
LIKE WOO VAPES, WHERE VAPORS ARE
MIXED IN-HOUSE, WILL HAVE TWO
YEARS TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS.
A BIG REASON BEHIND THE
REGULATION IS BECAUSE THE
GOVERNMENT SAYS 3 MILLION MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLERS USED
E-CIGARETTES LAST YEAR.
UNDER THE NEW RULE, E-CIGARETTES
CANNOT BE SOLD TO ANYONE UNDER
THE AGE OF 18. WOOTEN SAYS THAT
HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE POLICY AT
THIS SHOP.
>>I THINK THE MAJORITY OF THE
INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ON BOARD WITH
THE AGE RESTRICTIONS.
HOWEVER, DON’T PUT UNREALISTIC
EXPECTATIONS ON US, UNREALISTIC
AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO PAY IN ORDER
TO STAY IN BUSINESS.
COREY: WOOTEN SAYS E-CIGARETTES
SHOULDN’T BE LUMPED IN WITH THE
TOBACCO INDUSTRY, BECAUSE THE
PRODUCTS ARE DIFFERENT.
>>RIGHT NOW, WE’RE JUST GOING
TO FIGHT.
COREY: AND REVIEW ROUGHLY 500
PAGES OF NEW RULES.
COREY DAVIS, WYFF NEWS 4, IN

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