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Navigating the Federal Vape Ban

Jordan Stokes |

Last year, as an initiative to reduce the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers, the Trump Administration banned most flavored nicotine pods except for menthol and tobacco flavors. 

This ban was feared by thousands of small business owners who were to be affected by the ban, as well as millions of American consumers who used flavored vape products as an alternative to more harmful cigarettes. 

How does the industry and businesses like yours stay afloat?    

Regulations of Trump’s vape ban 

While the Trump Administration first motioned a blanket ban of flavored e-cigarette and vaping products, two months later they reconsidered that approach, allowing the use of menthol and tobacco flavors.  

During this time, the Administration also passed a plan prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to children under the age of 21. This was the Trump Administration's attempt to combat the teen vaping epidemic, and it was motioned right as a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping, causing several deaths.    

The federal vape ban restricts the sales of most flavored pods, which are popular among teens. However, flavored e-liquid nicotine for open tank devices will be exempt. This doesn’t affect much for teens and their habits, as most underage vapers aren’t filling their own tanks or mods, they are just using a Juul or pod system.           

Types of e-cigarettes    

There are two types of e-cigarettes on the market, which can be classified as closed and open systems. 

A Juul e-cigarette is laying on a white background with three unused pods laying to the right. There is a pod with a mint cap, an orange cap, and a pod with the yellowish cap removed.
  • Closed system e-cigarettes, like Juul, use ready-made refills that screw directly onto the e-cig’s battery. 

A young woman uses a dropper to fill a vape mod with ejuice. She wears a blue sweatshirt and has red nail polish.

  • Open systems include a removable mouthpiece so the liquid that is vaporized can be refilled manually by the user.

Both closed system and open system e-cigarettes contain a rechargeable battery. Some devices have a coil with a refillable pod, while others use pods that snap directly to battery for easy use. It’s all up to user preference.  

CBD pods are FDA-approved   

With these new regulations in place, it’s important to make sure your store is fully compliant. So, what should you stock for your vaping customers?  

CBD flavored pods are allowed under the Food and Drug Administration. CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that has been tested and proven for therapeutic uses. In this case, CBD is used as a supplement for those who are trying to quit smoking. Learn more about the top uses for CBD your customers need to know here.    

Make sure your customers have options. Increase your selection with our wide variety of brands of vape juices, and even some new models of vape mods. 

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