Vaping news has been full of Congress, Grandfather Dates, the PMTA, and the FDA. All of this is like some kind of code, perhaps meant to distract and confuse vapers so they will not get involved to stand up against the government.

But a few vaping experts have come together in order to support vaping and simplify all of this so that every vaper understands what is at stake and also to claim a stake in the rescue of vaping. Their pastime and the industry are under threat from FDA regulations which could pinch too tight and bring an end to e cigs. This would wipe out many stores and jobs from the face of America’s economy, causing a crisis the government should think very carefully about.

What is Sevia?

In January of 2016, manufacturers met in Shenzhen, home of Chinese e cig and vape mod manufacturing for all United States mini cigs and Chinese brands favored in America such as Innokin, Sigelei, Eleaf, and Kanger.

They gathered to protest against Congress’s expectations on the industry. They want to support H.R. 2058 and Mr. Cole’s hope to make regulations fairer and more sensible. Consumers know this field needs regulating; even sensible e cig users and companies accept this as the truth.

It’s reasonable and fair to anticipate some kind of regulation in order to protect and reassure consumers. What they object to are the terms under which this would take place if Congress has its way and overcomes H.R. 2058 in the near future.

Huge Turn Out

There were over 200 manufacturers at this protest in China. Members include huge companies such as Innokin, Kanger, and SMOK and the chairman is a man named Dimitris Agrafiotis. He can be reached directly via his email address at the Sevia website. Here is what Sevia has been formed to do and what they object to more specifically.

Points of Protest

Sevia USA is against classifying e cigs as tobacco products. Tobacco is not used in the making of vape juice for disposable e cigs or in any way involved in electronic manufacturing. They protest grandfather dates which would accept devices released before February 2007, require applications for items released in the 4 years after that time, and everything after early 2011 would be subject to a further application called the PMTA. Most devices would be effectively excluded from grandfather rights.

The PMTA is a Pre Market Tobacco Application, a time-consuming process which would also cost manufacturers a prohibitive amount of money. Having to file a PMTA would essentially force the closure of businesses or require that many independent businesses join forces in order to afford the financial price hanging over their heads, if possible, to carry out this retroactive procedure and avoid shutting down.

Sevia USA would like to see the entire process streamlined. They do not object to regulating e cigs, but there is no existing classification from the FDA or current government legislation which really covers what vaping products are made from or how they work, so treating them like cigarettes is unfair.

Sevia does insist on quality Chinese manufacturing and will work with reputable companies in China. These manufacturers want what their customers want: decent, safe products that operate effectively.