Sonora man takes on feds over vape product regulations – Union Democrat

Alex MacLean The Union Democrat

A Sonora vape shop owner is joining others across the United States to take on the federal government’s 2016 rule that regulates electronic cigarettes and nicotine-infused liquids as tobacco products.

Mountain Vapors at 83 S. Stewart St. Suite 206 is one of four vape shops named as plaintiffs in a challenge filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to the Food and Drug Administration’s “deeming rule” for such products that took effect on Aug. 8, 2016.

“The majority of us (in the vaping industry) have always said we need reasonable regulations, but we don’t fit the FDA deeming rule,” said Steve Green, owner of Mountain Vapors. “It only fits for tobacco.”

The lawsuit and two others filed in federal courts in Minnesota and Texas were announced Tuesday morning by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group based in Sacramento that’s representing all of the vape shop owners for free.

Green said he became involved with the lawsuit through a friend who’s a vaping advocate and suggested

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