Today is the day that any vaping product not authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must be removed from store shelves in Louisiana as the state’s new vaping law goes into effect.
Act 414 also increased taxes on vaping products, which began on Oct. 1. Beginning today, only FDA-approved vapes and alternative nicotine products registered with Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) will be allowed to be sold in the state.
For the products to be considered by the ATC, a $100 application fee per product is required as well as authorization by the FDA. A list of those approved products will be released today. It is expected to be a short list.
To date, the FDA has only authorized 23 tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products and devices, which are the only e-cigarettes that currently may be lawfully sold or distributed in the U.S. Many of those products are outdated and all are owned by major tobacco companies.