Vaping products have long served as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes throughout mainstream society. Vaping is considered a better alternative for smokers since its base chemical lacks most of the hazardous materials involved in tobacco-based products. However, the FDA has begun enclosing strict regulations the industry at large. These regulations are a somewhat elusive attack on the vaping industry, and it puts businesses within the industry in danger. The vaping industry must adapt to these restrictions to continue to grow in the modern-day market.
Part of the argument from the FDA's perspective is that while vaping based products do not contain tobacco or many of the more dangerous chemicals associate with traditional smoking, it still contains a form of nicotine. This argument is shallow when in view of the extensive research on the topic by various scientific communities. Thus, the entire ordeal appears to be more of a general power grab by the FDA to bring vaping under the guidelines of its tobacco regulations.
In terms of business the restrictions on the use of e-liquid, it will impact larger companies the most. Focus in the industry should shift to smaller companies for potential innovation and new product ideas. Having new ideas for product use coming from smaller business will have a greater impact on the growth of the industry, and could be used to skim around the restrictions placed by the FDA while remaining within legal guidelines.
FDA regulations have made it expensive for companies within the US to create and sell vaping products within US borders. However, these regulations have no bearing on foreign territories. Thus, the vaping industry may continue to thrive by deriving new innovations in other countries.
Finally, innovations should be made based on technological progress. This conflict with the vaping industry will put significant pressure on manufacturers to continue to operate. However, this could also give rise to the creation of some new kind of product that has of yet been seen in the market, and this could ultimately help the industry to grow further.
FDA restrictions on vaping are not warranted in terms of consumer safety. The industry is necessary as a means of procuring alternatives to tobacco products, and it is crucial that those within the industry push back against the FDA to ensure the industry's survival for years to come.