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The blu Take on FDA Regulations

blu founder and president Jason Healy talks about FDA regulations and their effect on the e-cig industry.

Q:blucigs.com: Does blu support FDA regulations?
A:

Healy: Definitely. I think the regulations are incredibly important. From the consumer’s perspective—I think it’s important that the consumers know what’s in the product and the impact on them from a health perspective, and regulations written in the right way will do that.

Q:You touched on it a little bit, but what do you think the impact of regulations will be on consumers?
A:

Well, overall positive. Again, if they’re draconian laws, then they will most likely force people back to solely using tobacco cigarettes. I don’t think the FDA will do that.

Q:What specific regulations do you anticipate from the FDA?
A:

I think they will definitely include GMP—good manufacturing practices—and also have a heavy skew on the ingredients, listing the ingredients and also having an understanding as a manufacturer of what those ingredients mean when the consumer inhales them. So, I expect them to be heavy in that area in terms of ensuring the public’s protected.

Q:What role do you feel pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists are playing in this debate?
A:

I think, interestingly enough, the pharmaceuticals have played a very large role, in particular anti–e-cig regulations. I think they’ve been behind closed doors, but I think it’s shown that as well as the tobacco industry, the NRT (or nicotine replacement industry), has been hit by the success of e-cigs. So I think with them seeing some profits, or potential further profit reductions from those products, they’ve stepped in and tried to make it difficult for e-cigs to be as widespread as they are becoming.

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