The United Parcel Service (UPS) announced last month that the private delivery company will no longer be delivering vaping products to either individual homes or businesses beginning April 5, 2021. The decision follows the passage of the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act that was approved by Congress on December 20, 2020 and signed into law seven days later by former president Donald Trump.
The vape mail ban will include all nicotine-enhanced supplies as well as “vape devices, products, and accessories, which presumably means even vaping coils and tanks will be prohibited from delivery nationwide. In a recent press release published on the UPS website, the shipping giant issued the following statement.
“UPS is prohibiting the shipment of Vaping Products throughout its U.S. network (including import and export). For the purpose of this prohibition, Vaping Products includes any and all noncombustible liquid or gel, regardless of the presence of nicotine, capable of being used with or for the consumption of nicotine. All related vape devices, products and accessories are included in this prohibition.”
FedEx and DHL are two other notable shipping companies that will also stop delivering vapor products. DHL has already previously banned all shipments of nicotine-containing products, and FedEx was rumored to begin its vape ban on March 1. Unfortunately, it appears that the FedEx ban is already in place according to the company’s website.
“We prohibit the shipping of tobacco and tobacco products. Even if you have proper licenses and are authorized to ship tobacco products, we will be unable to accept your shipment. Tobacco and all tobacco products cannot be accepted at any FedEx or FedEx Office location. This includes but is not limited to:
- “Loose tobacco
- “Smokeless tobacco
- “Hooka or shisha
The new legislation is causing concern within the American vaping industry and its vast network of loyal consumers. The new law was part of an Omnibus Spending Bill, which mandates that the USPS must create new rules for the delivery of vape product within 120 days of the date in which the bill was signed into law. However, the USPS has yet to announce what those new rules might be.
Regrettably, some of the new regulations are already announced, one of which requires all vapor companies to adhere to the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act. PACT further identifies other, more extreme regulations within its pages, including:
- All vaping companies must register with the U.S. Attorney General.
- All shipping companies delivering vape products must now require signatures upon delivery and age verification from a legal adult.
- Sellers must also pay all related state taxes (if any) regardless of the sellers’ state business address.
- If sellers deliver to states that tax vaping products, then the sellers must also register with the tobacco tax administrators of each related state as well as the federal government.
While things are looking rather bleak for the American vaping community at the moment, all hope is not lost. Many of the larger vapor companies are banding together in search of solutions to the pending delivery crisis. Smaller online vape shops may find it difficult to survive under these new restrictions. If ever there was a time to stock up on your favorite vaping e-liquids and other supplies, now may be the time.
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