The story of the much-discussed and controversial flavor ban began back in September 2019 when President Donald Trump announced the move to ban flavored vaping products. On Thursday, February 6, 2020, a partial flavor ban took effect, and, as a result, some—but not all—flavored e-cig products were pulled from shelves and stockrooms across the country.
But what is the flavor ban, which products does it affect, and what can you do if your favorites have been banned by the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) new policy? We give you the lowdown.
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The new policy prohibits sales of certain flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes. Menthol- and tobacco-flavored cartridges are still available for purchase, but you won’t be able to buy your favorite pre-filled pod or cartomizer in other flavors, including fruit, mint, and dessert.
Despite strict age-verification measures employed by many vape retailers across the country—Electric Tobacconist included—the issue of young people vaping is a serious concern. The policy aims to address the increasing number of minors who vape, with 2019 statistics indicating that more than 5 million middle- and high-school students in the United States have recently used an e-cigarette. Cartridge-based vapes have been particularly popular, with the FDA saying that they “are easy to conceal, can be used discreetly, may have a high nicotine content, and are manufactured on a large scale.”
The idea behind the partial flavor ban is to strike a balance between preventing young people from vaping while continuing to provide adult vapers with the products they enjoy and use to quit combustible cigarettes.
At the first mention of the flavor ban, you probably asked yourself, Can I still vape my favorite flavor? The answer to that is, more than likely. The new policy affects only cartridge-based e-cig products, which the FDA describes as:
“Any small, enclosed unit (sealed or unsealed) designed to fit within or operate as part of” a vape.
These cartridges are designed to slot into your vape and be discarded when you’re done with them. That means if you have a cigalike-style vape that uses cartomizers that you simply screw on to use or you vape an all-in-one (AIO) or pod mod that uses pre-filled flavored pods, you’ll need to move to an alternative—unless you’re happy to vape tobacco or menthol flavors. If you’ve always vaped tobacco-flavored cartomizers or you can’t resist a menthol pre-filled pod, and you’ve never been interested in vaping fruity, dessert, or spearmint pods, then you can stick with your normal vaping routine.
You might be wondering whether the flavor ban means that all flavors have been taken off the shelves. After all, the phrase “flavor ban” sounds pretty all-encompassing! The good news is that, no, it doesn’t. The policy doesn’t include bottles of flavored e-juice designed to be used with open-tank systems or refillable pod mods, so if you vape a pod system like the Suorin Air or a box mod like the Voopoo Drag Baby Trio, you can keep topping up with your favorite flavored e-juice, whether you like the rich taste of lemon tart or the mouthwatering sweetness of mango.
At Electric Tobacconist, we comply with all federal and state laws. The availability of some vaping products—flavored or otherwise—will also depend on regulations in your state. If you’re unsure of the vaping laws in your state, you can refer to our full list of state by state restrictions.
If you previously enjoyed vaping flavored pods and cartomizers that are now banned by the new policy, what alternatives are there?
Fortunately, you have plenty of options.
Menthol and Tobacco Pre-filled Pods
If you don’t want to give up your favorite device, you can still enjoy the ease of swapping out pods or cartomizers by switching to rich, smooth tobacco or refreshing, icy menthol pre-filled cartridges.
With nic salts pods also available, you’ll get a smooth and satisfying throat hit, and there’s no better all-day vape than the classics!
Get a Refillable Device
If you’ve been considering upgrading your device, now might be the perfect time to do it. We stock a huge range of delicious e-juice, so whether you prefer to vape fruity flavors or you like to start your morning with a tasty breakfast vape, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Now all you need is a device you can use your vape juice with, and we have you covered. Our recently updated guide to the best starter kits to vape in 2020 gives you a rundown of our favorite pod mods and all-in-one kits, and each one is easy to use and guaranteed to give you flavor that will last all day.
Check Out Our Disposables
Part of the appeal of cartridge-based vapes was their convenience. When you’re walking down the street and run out of juice, you might not want to stop to refill. With pre-filled flavored cartridges, all you had to do was pop out the empty pod and slot in a new one. Within seconds, you were back to vaping again.
With disposables, you can enjoy that same convenience and nicotine hit, all while vaping the flavors you love. Our cigarette-style disposables come in a range of flavors, from tobacco and menthol to smooth vanilla, sweet cherry, and juicy apple. They come ready to go—no charging necessary—so all you need to do is vape. When you’re finished, simply discard them. Vaping at home or on the go couldn’t be easier!
If you’re not interested in vaping a cigarette-style device, then you’ll love our Puff Bar–style disposables.
These slim, stylish, and compact devices are perfect for keeping in your pocket, and they are available in a wide range of flavors, including banana, grape, strawberry, and more. Thanks to these disposables’ bright colors, you’ll be able to immediately recognize the flavor, meaning no flavor mix-ups! Our Puff Bar–style disposables are also available in a number of nicotine strengths and give you plenty of puffs, with the Suorin Air Bar range packing 500 puffs of delicious nic salts flavor.
Not sure which disposable brand is right for you? Read our rundown of the top 10 disposable vapes, where we look at these compact, convenient vapes in more detail, including their nicotine strengths, puff life, and available flavors.
Looking for a new vape now that the flavor ban has taken your favorite off the market? Shop our wide range of disposables and all-in-one kits, and enjoy the delicious fruity and dessert flavors you miss. Don’t forget that shipping is free on orders over $20!