North Carolina Considers Banning Hundreds of E-Cigarette Products: Report

North Carolina Considers Banning Hundreds of E-Cigarette Products: Report
Proposed e-cigarette regulations in North Carolina could ban hundreds of products, impacting industry and employment.

According to a report from Arcamax on June 19th, proposed new e-cigarette regulations in North Carolina could potentially ban the sale of hundreds of e-cigarette products in the state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee of the state supported a bill on Wednesday (19th) that would establish an e-cigarette registration system, allowing only federally approved e-cigarette products to be sold in the state. However, most e-cigarette products currently on shelves have not been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Republican Senator Michael Lee from New Hanover County stated that this legislation is necessary to protect the public from the harms of e-cigarette use.

Li told the committee, "This bill is not perfect, and there are many other things we can do. I hope we start working on them sooner rather than later.

Joe Palmer, representing 40 families affected by e-cigarette use, expressed to the committee, "You are impacting hundreds of businesses in North Carolina, affecting thousands of job opportunities.

According to the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey, from 2018 to 2019, e-cigarette use among high school students in the state increased by 78%, while middle school student use of e-cigarettes grew by 48%.

As a result, many schools have installed e-cigarette detectors. The state government and several school districts in North Carolina have successfully participated in a federal class-action lawsuit against the e-cigarette manufacturer Juul. North Carolina won a lawsuit against Juul, receiving $47.8 million, making it the first state to implement reforms targeting Juul's marketing to teenagers.

According to the e-cigarette registration system, manufacturers must obtain certification from the state tax department in order to have their products included in the qualified e-cigarette product directory.

The certification requirements include submitting applications for e-cigarette products accepted by the FDA before September 9, 2020.

Every retailer has the opportunity to check if the products they are selling have been approved, to see if these products have gone through the FDA process, or if they belong to the black market. Once this directory is released, retailers will have some time to sell their inventory or return it to the manufacturer.

Kevin Wilkinson, a lobbyist for the Vaping Technology Association, stated that the bill would result in the disappearance of 2095 jobs in the e-cigarette industry. This would lead to a national economic loss of $4.474 billion, with state and local tax revenue losses of $1.05 billion.

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