Virginia has long been a hub for the tobacco industry; now, two bills to ban flavored vaping products have been introduced in the state Legislature.
Sponsors say Virginia should step in where Washington state has failed to prevent unregulated flavored e-cigarettes, such as Elf Bar disposable e-cigarettes, from being taken off the shelves.
House Bill 1069 and Senate Bill 550 call for a fine of $1,000 per day for each product sold in the United States that is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Attorney General will maintain a directory of legal products. As in Alabama and Louisiana, products not listed in this catalog cannot be legally sold in Virginia.
The bill provides that any retailer and wholesaler that sells or distributes any liquid nicotine or nicotine vapor product in the state is subject to scheduled or unscheduled compliance inspections by the Office of the Attorney General for enforcement purposes.
Manufacturers must demonstrate in documents submitted to the Attorney General that their product is covered by the FDA's marketing authorization order either because it was sold in the United States before 2016 or because a premarket tobacco product application was required to be submitted before 2020. Can be exempted.
Del. Rodney Willett, the sponsor of the House bill, said "this is a public health issue."
"They are targeting minors who like flavored products," he said, according to media reports. "When I walked into a convenience store, I was stunned by the amount of these products being sold."