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Trends Vape Bans Are Contributing to an Ever Expanding Black Market

In line with numerous reports from across the globe, an article on Filter is pointing out that the various bans being set in place for vaping products, are just contributing to the growth of an already sizable black market.

Earlier this month, testimony at the Massachusetts Department of Revenues Illegal Tobacco Task Force discussed data on how e-cig users are responding to vaping bans. Non-surprisingly the task force concluded the flavour ban implemented locally, will lead to an increase in smuggling activity and black-market sales.

Im concerned that placing an added burden and tasking law enforcement with the enforcement of flavor bans will only stand to create a significant new black market, this includes both cross-state border smuggling and counterfeit tobacco,said Charles Giblin, a retired special agent in charge of the New Jersey treasurys office of criminal investigation.

At the onset, youll start to see an increase between Massachusetts and New Hampshire in smuggling and illegal importation via the internet of counterfeit flavored cigarettes from countries including China and Paraguay. They will skyrocket almost incredibly instantaneously,he said. Another underestimated source will be Canadian First Nations reservation cigarette manufacturers, who are rather robust.

When products are made unavailable consumers turn to the blackmarket

Public health experts have long been pointing out that consumersresponse to raising prices on vaping products or making them unavailable, is more often than not, turning to contraband products. And this is precisely what an article by Filter reported via interviews with people currently operating in the newly burgeoning illicit vape markets in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, where flavour bans and/or high excise taxes have been recently implemented.

This is the same kind of dumb failure that has led us into the War on Drugs,said one e-liquid manufacturer in New York State. He explained that he purchased 10 gallons of liquid nicotine before the ban went into effect, and has just leased a new property to produce and sell his homemade flavours to his hundreds of established customers. Im set for a few years,he said.

Black market behavior is unintended and unwelcome, but easily anticipated,explained tobacco harm reduction expert Clive Bates, a former public health official in the United Kingdom. The fact that no one imposing these bans has taken this into account is the same kind of dumb failure that has led us into the War on Drugs.

Vapesourcing Opinion:

All reports keep pointing to the same fact: Prohibition does not work, regulating sensibly does! Most of the prohibitions are based on minors, but the fact is that minors are more inclined to try and engage in risky behavior.

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