I was thinking about becoming a distributor for the new electronic cigarettes that I read about. But I also heard that the FDA had put some sort of a hold on their import. Is there something I need to do to be allowed to import these from Hong Kong for distribution?

24 Nov I was thinking about becoming a distributor for the new electronic cigarettes that I read about. But I also heard that the FDA had put some sort of a hold on their import. Is there something I need to do to be allowed to import these from Hong Kong for distribution?

For now, I would suggest finding another potential business. While e-cigarettes are currently sold nationwide in over 4000 retail outlets, the FDA’s findings show that they contain nitrosamines (which are the carcinogens found in regular cigarettes anyway) and diethylene glycol, the poisonous part of antifreeze. While it’s by no means a sure thing, odds are that the FDA will either heavily regulate them (as they are considered now a “drug delivery device”) or, more likely, ban them like was done in Australia. While you may be able to take advantage of the hype temporarily, it’s not a business with much of a future.

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