The decrease in the number of smokers globally has coincided with vaping's meteoric rise in popularity. Some estimates project that in 2021, the number of people who regularly vape could reach as many as 55 million.
Advertised as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes and nicotine, vaping attracts those who enjoy tobacco products but are health-conscious and would like to minimize the negative effects of tobacco on their health. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity of vaping and increasing online sales of e-cigarettes in the United States also caused anti-smoking concern among legislators about children having access to nicotine and vaping products.
This ultimately led to the passing of the Vape Mail Ban as a part of the recent relief package. We will cover all of the details about the new law and how it will affect vaping enthusiasts across the country, as well as vape shop businesses.
What Is the Vape Mail Ban?
If you follow the news closely and keep up with the new laws and regulations, a piece of news about the Vape Mail Ban might have caught your attention just after Christmas. On December 27th, 2020, the US Congress passed the Omnibus Spending Bill, an appropriations bill. It included the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, which restricted mail order and delivery of vaping products in the US.
The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act or Vape Mail Ban includes a complete halt of mailing vaping products by the US Postal Service (USPS). It also introduced new rules and regulations that other parcel carriers have to abide by if they want to deliver these products to customers after March 27th, 2021. The warning quickly spread and alarmed the vaping industry, whose business model heavily relies on the mail shipments of vapor products to customers via USPS.
Unfortunately, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act that is part of the spending bill will have a far-reaching impact on online vape shops and retailers. The bill forces them to comply with the PACT Act and increases the difficulty of doing business.
What Is the PACT Act?
The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act is part of the Federal Jenkins Act, dealing with the prevention of cigarette trafficking and tax avoidance by retailers. The bill was originally intended to battle tobacco and nicotine product retailers that were avoiding local and state excise taxes. The latest additions to the PACT Act that came with the budget bill include provisions related to online retailers and vapor-related supplies, whether they contain nicotine or not.
When Will This Be in Effect?
The Omnibus Bill passed into law on December 27th, 2020, and the stipulations concerning vaping will go into effect 90 days after the official passing of the bill, or March 27th, 2021. The U.S Postal Service (USPS) has 120 days to implement rules to completely prevent the mailing of vaping-related items, regardless of whether they have nicotine or not.
Those who do not comply with the new law will face severe financial penalties and up to three years in prison. The passing of the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act will have a major impact on the industry come March 2021. As a result of this, parcel carriers like UPS are already taking measures to comply with the law and will go out of their way to satisfy the anti-tobacco and nicotine legislation.
What Does This Mean for Residential Consumers?
The effects of the new legislation aimed to tax vaping products on residential vaping consumers will include:
- Increase in the shipping cost of vaping products since no USPS delivery services will be available.
- Private parcel carriers such as UPS and FedEx have already announced that they will exclude vape companies and their products from the delivery service they offer. This could mean decreased availability of vaping items in certain areas.
- New vape mail laws will lead to an increase in the price of products due to stricter legal requirements and more employee-hours to ensure compliance.
- To avoid running out of vape supplies, residential consumers might have to stock up before March 2021 or start ordering items in bulk from their local brick-and-mortar stores.
What Does This Mean for Distributors?
The new law will require distributors and online retailers to follow these rules outlined in the PACT Act:
- Officially register their businesses with the U.S. Attorney General.
- Conduct age verification of customers through a reliable commercial database.
- Only use private shipping services that require an adult signature at the point of delivery for collecting the package.
- Make sure to register with the federal government and state tobacco tax administrator and take care of all necessary paperwork.
- Charge and collect local and state taxes that may apply, and affix tax stamps to the products on offer.
- Report all transactions and customer addresses to the state administrators, as well as the items and quantities purchased.
- Keep records for five years of any interrupted deliveries under the suspicion of violating the PACT Act.
Where Can I Stock up on Vape Products Now?
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We ask customers to remain patient as we keep searching for the ultimate solution for their needs. Until then, we strongly encourage you to visit your local brick-and-mortar stores to buy your product of choice. You can also consider ordering in bulk to avoid any issues with supply in the near future.
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