(LEX 18)– Some organizations in Kentucky are speaking out following the FDAs decision to enforce tougher regulations aimed at electronic cigarettes and other vaping products.
The new policies focus on manufacturers that distribute vaping products to shops that are not age-restricted, like convenience and grocery stores.
In Kentucky, both vape shops and anti-tobacco advocates agree that vape shops do a good job of keeping their products away from children.
And they say the new policies could actually hurt consumers.
“The FDA recognized that the vape shops are doing a good job at the forefront on age restriction,” said Gregory Troutman of the Kentucky Smoke Free Association. “99 percent of the stores that were selling to underage people were convenience stores and gas stations.”
Advocates also say vape shops are ahead of the game and have always been serious about preventing underage purchases.
As a new industry, health studies are still underway and regulations are still being formed.