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The FDA is currently considering having any and all vapor sales to be limited to being sold in vape shops only, excluding gas stations, convenience stores, or anywhere that does not require you to be 18 or older to enter. This will be in attempt to reduce the amount of exposure of vapor products to the youth, as well as minimize the amount of underaged kids getting their hands on vapor products.
Commissioner of the FDA, Scott Gottlieb, exclaimed, “We’re looking at what can be sold in brick-and-mortar stores and whether or not flavored products can be sold in regular stores like a 7-Eleven and a truck stop and a gas station, or whether or not flavored products on the market should be confined to adult vaping shops, which generally tend to do a better job of checking ID.”
With the vapor industry growing as exponentially as it has, we will see more and more restrictions implemented that are meant ensure everyone’s safety. If the FDA decides to go through with a mandate of the likes, we will see more customers being funneled towards legitimate vapor shops that require an ID to be shown with every purchase, resulting in less access for underaged kids to obtain vapor products. The one amenity that might be caught in the crossfire is convenience, considering that gas stations and convenience stores will not be able to sell vapor products anymore. Yet, convenience would be a small price to pay if it means limiting underaged vaping.