Currently, there’s a wide variety of e-cig devices on the market that have allowed smokers to select their nicotine level and flavor, as well as opt for refillable or disposable options. However, the new COVID relief bill that was passed into law late last year will make it even harder for vapers who buy their favorite e-cigs products online to accommodate their needs. Continue reading to find out more.
What’s the COVID Relief Bill?
Former President Donald Trump signed a coronavirus relief and government funding bill worth $2.3 trillion on December 21, 2020. It’s expected that the stimulus will be provided to individuals, businesses, and hospitals in response to the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This relief bill was included as Division N of a larger legislative package of government funding and other bills.
How does the passing of this bill affect vapers?
Since we don’t expect you to read all 5,593 pages of the federal law we will highlight the hidden and largely undiscussed section on pages 5,136 to 5,139, that in our opinion, could push thousands of people who vape and buy e-cigs online back to traditional cigarette smoking in the months to come.
Title VI of the COVID relief bill was first introduced to Congress last April as the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act. The bill redefines the term “cigarette” to include all types of vaping devices and accessories, even those that do not contain nicotine. An electronic nicotine delivery system, also commonly referred to as ENDS, is described as “any electronic device that, through an aerosolized solution, delivers nicotine, flavor, or any other substance to the user inhaling from the device.”
The bill will now require the U.S. Postal Service to clarify (by April 30, 2021) that general prohibition on shipping cigarettes now applies to all products newly deemed as “cigarettes”.
At I Love Ecigs, we believe that it’s important to keep all nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes, out of the hands of children, but this heavy-handed approach is certain to backfire against the responsible adults who buy e-cigs online and use them to mitigate their nicotine addiction and remain tobacco-free.
How do you feel about the above section in this recent bill? Let your elected representatives know your thoughts and please drop your questions and concerns below.