Shop owners say new e-cig rules hurt business

Posted at 11:28 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 13:15:12-04

The FDA is zoning in on the e-cigarette industry, with tight new regulations that have vape shop owners fearing for their business.

"They're making it almost impossible for any vape shop in the U.S. to remain in the industry," said Andre Liszka, owner of The House of Vapor in Kenmore.

The government is now requiring vape shops register all products with the FDA, provide a product listing, report all ingredients in the vapes, require a premarket review, and place health warnings on product packages.

Liszka has owned The House of Vapor on Kenmore Ave for 7 years. He says following these regulations is going to be tough, and it mostly comes down to cost.

"The cost to get a product registered is well over a million," he said. "There's no businesses in the United States that can come up with the cost to get them registered."

"I'm extremely worried that some vape shops are going to go under," said e-cig user Chris James. "We're all kindof upset and worried about this."

Vape shops have two years to sell the products on their shelves. They have a year to register any new products.