New Bill Requires Ingredient Disclosure on Vaping Products

Vaping vendor says labeling already required by FDA

Tom Puckett
October 09, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Assemblywoman Monica Wallace is introducing a bill requiring labeling of ingredients on vaping products. One vaping retailer says that's already required.

Wallace says the ingredients in vapor products like pods and e-juice are not required to be disclosed under law. “It’s shocking that the vaping industry has gone this far without having to disclose to consumers what is in their products,” says Wallace. “While health professionals continue to study the long term effects of vaping, I’m calling for this legislation to be passed into law so that consumers can see for themselves exactly what they’re putting into their bodies.” 

Wallace also wants disclosure of ingredients to the New York State Health Department. “When you talk to medical professionals who are studying vapor products and the effects they have on users, it becomes more apparent that this is still a grossly under-regulated industry and one in which consumers still know little about,” notes Wallace. "Part of the problem is they don't know what's in these products, so requiring disclosure of these products would help institutions like the CDC figure out what's in them and what the common thread is that's causing people to become ill." A Bronx teen became the first vaping-related death in New York last weekend. 

Wallace says her bill makes sense. "I know what is in my shampoo. I know what is in my face cream. I know what is in my lip balm. But we don't know what's in these products? We should know what's in it if we're putting it into our bodies," says Wallace.

Andrew Osborne of Vapor Trail says Wallace's bill makes no sense. "Currently, all manufacturers of nicotine vapor products are required to have a comprehensive ingredient list as well as a warning about nicotine by the FDA," notes Osborne. "These FDA regulations went into place in 2016, and there was a grace period as manufacturers were reporting all of their ingredients and registering them with the FDA. But as of a year ago, you're required by the FDA to have the ingredients and the warning listed on every bottle."

 

"It just seems frivolous to waste taxpayer dollars to create bills that already exist," says Osborne. "Why would we make a state law requiring label changes when no changes are necessary because all the labeling is already compliant before they already make the law. It seems like lawmakers could use the time more wisely."

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