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State of Vape: How Effective Are Flavor Bans?

May 13, 2020

State of Vape: How Effective Are Flavor Bans?

The eJuices.co team is here to help your business succeed in a time where access to flavors is still uncertain. While several states have already proposed or passed flavor bans, there are still many safe havens for access to flavors left in the country. Some politicians and lawmakers, namely Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), have been very vocal about banning flavors, while others have tiptoed around the subject. The Trump administration has vowed to protect flavors for the time being, although this can change at any time.


A recent study in the journalAddictive Behaviors Reportsoutlines the impact of a comprehensive tobacco flavor ban among young adults in San Francisco. San Francisco is one of several localities in California banning flavors and has cracked down hard on the vaping industry. The city has also gone as far as to prohibit the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city to the point where online sales to San Francisco addresses are also prohibited. This study details what happened when these bans took place and whether or not these bans had their intended effect.


While flavored tobacco use did decrease, the study found that cigarette smoking increased, which curbed the intention of vaping products to promote harm reduction for individuals and communities seeking alternative nicotine products. Vaping products were also easy to obtain in San Francisco despite the comprehensive ban, according to the study. The ease of access to vaping products despite a ban can be replicated in many other industries. The liquor industry is an example of a highly regulated industry that also can be easily accessed despite varying levels of bans in certain jurisdictions.


What does this mean for my business?


The eJuices.co team is constantly monitoring the landscape when it comes to legislation and regulations, and we will keep you informed as much as possible. However, with this new evidence, you cantake action and inform your elected officials that comprehensive flavor bans do not necessarily address the issue at hand and that your business creates jobs and generates revenue for your community. 


The vape shop is also often the lone point of access to flavors and/or alternative nicotine products in some communities, and can be credited for harm reduction for individuals seeking alternative nicotine products. Many members of the eJuices.co team can also speak from personal experience about the effectiveness of vaping when it comes to harm reduction.


As always, we are here to help your business succeed and look forward to answering your questions and concerns. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact your eJuices.co account manager or sales representative.


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