FDA intends to clear non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from market; few Hoosier vape shops, users against move

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KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A few Hoosier vape shops and users said they are against the FDA’s intentions to clear non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

The Food and Drug Administration announced they intend to clear non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Officials with the Centers for Disease and Prevention said they support the move.

However, not everyone is on board and agrees with the idea.

Fort Wayne’s NBC stopped by Village Vapors in Winona Lake and talked with business owner, Jake England. England said the ban will negatively impact his store and other vape businesses in the area.

“It’ll decimate our business.. it’ll cause us to lose our stores… it will cause me to lose part of my livelihood,” England said.

We talked with customers in the store who said they frequently use vaping products. Two women said vaping allowed them to quit smoking cigarettes.

“At first it was hard to transition over, but once I did, I noticed a huge difference and I can breathe again…and with vaping, it’s like you can take one little hit off of it and you feel better,” said Hayleigh Danner, a vape user.

One woman said vaping allowed her to slowly decrease the nicotine level she takes. After several years, she said she no longer felt ‘addicted’ to nicotine and didn’t feel the need to vape or smoke.

“Once I got the nicotine level down, it’s not the same desire with a cigarette, you needed to have a cigarette, you needed that nicotine fix,” Jo Wall, a vape user said. “Once you have the nicotine down, you don’t need it so much, you do it because you enjoy it.”

The idea of the ban comes after reports of 6 vaping-related deaths, including one in Indiana. Hundreds of other people have reported growing sick from a vaping-related illness.

The proposed ban specifically targets flavored e-cigarettes, which several lawmakers said makes them particularly attractive to teens.

The FDA is finalizing its guidelines which they said they expect to release in a couple of weeks.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran

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