The FDA is taking another shot at regulating E-cigarettes, but shop owners have some concernsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Food and Drug Administration is taking another shot at regulating increasingly popular e-cigarettes.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Food and Drug Administration is taking another shot at regulating increasingly popular e-cigarettes.
And while the manager at one local e-cig shop says most of the proposed rules make sense... she does have some concerns.
The new e-cig regulations the FDA proposed include a minimum age limit, mandatory health warning labels, and a requirement that manufacturers report all their ingredients.
Kelsey Eaton, manager at Infinite Vapor in downtown Fargo says those are great ideas.
Kelsey Eaton/Infinite Vapor Manager: "There needs to be regulations on what's in it, there needs to be regulation on how it's made, making sure there are warning labels and stuff. We already do all that."
The E-cig supply shop sells only Hell's Vapor e-juice products - all ingredients and health warnings are printed on the label.
But Eaton is concerned about another proposed regulation: That e-juice manufacturers would need to put in 2,500 man hours developing each flavor and nicotine level.
She says that's an expense that comes to about $25,000.
And they make each flavor in five different nicotine levels.
Eaton: "Since a lot of e-cigs products are used, people will use them to get off other tobacco products, we have different levels of nicotine in our flavors. But the idea that we have to spend 25-thousand dollars to make one flavor, one nicotine level in just a little extreme."
That expense, she says, would be very difficult for starting e-cig businesses to afford.