The Food and Drug Administration is the United State’s regulatory organization when it comes to all things… well, food and drug related. This means that everything from tobacco to tacos are regulated by the FDA, except for one thing that you think would be, but isn’t yet: eLiquid and electronic cigarettes.
You might be wondering what makes eliquid so special that it doesn’t fall under a food or drug category, even though it’s very closely paired with smoking. The real story is that electronic cigarettes are an “alternative smoking method,” meaning they’re not actually a tobacco product and aren’t ingested like a food. This leaves them somewhere in the middle, as part of the grey area.
But, while eCigs may not currently be regulated by the FDA, this doesn’t mean that they won’t be in the future. In fact, the FDA has fought several times to gain control over the eCig market, but have lost each time in court. Because eLiquid can’t be classified as a food or drug directly, it’s left as an unregulated commodity, to a certain degree.
This is why we’re able to sell eLiquid in a much different manner than actual tobacco products. For example, tobacco is only allowed to be sold in two flavors: traditional tobacco and menthol, as you can see from most cigarette brands. eLiquid on the other hand can be sold in any flavor you’d like because they’re not FDA regulated.
It’s likely that when the FDA does begin to regulate eLiquid, it will do so as an “alternative tobacco product,” meaning they’ll have to follow some guidelines, but not all of the same ones as cigarettes or chewing tobacco. It’s unknown how exactly the regulations will work, but luckily, places like AmericaneLiquidStore.com who care about the future of business, have already taken steps to prepare for whatever those restrictions may be!