Important PACT Act Information
By now, you have likely heard about the PACT Act, which is also referred to as the “vape mail ban,” which has been affecting the vaping market at large. Back in December of 2020, we can all remember the hurdles involved in passing the COVID Relief Bill, which was part of a larger spending bill with many facets unrelated to the current pandemic crisis. Slipped into that bill was the PACT Act, short for “Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking,” which has, without a doubt, created the biggest obstacle that the vaping industry has seen thus far, and that is saying something.
The Vape Mall recognizes that a lot of our customers are still unsure as to how these new vaping laws affect our ability to deliver e-liquids and other vaping goods. It has taken us a while to speak about the topic, because the literature in the bill has been confusing to say the least.
What is the Pact Act?
The vaping industry has been around for over a decade now and has only grown and grown since it first emerged around 2008. During this time, we and other vape companies have been able to provide adult smokers with an alternative means for consuming cigarettes, and we speak for the entire industry when we say that this is something that we are enormously proud of.
However, not everyone has shared in our enthusiasm. The FDA and the Federal Government at large have been at odds with us for quite a while, mainly out of a concern that vaping goods largely attract minors. Our company completely empathizes with these concerns, as we ourselves have worked hard to ensure that our products stay out of the hands of those who are underage, as have all of the reputable vaping companies over the last several years.
The PACT Act has been the government’s last-ditch effort to prevent minors from accessing vaping goods, by classifying vaping products as tobacco products in order to prevent them from being sent through the mail via the United States Post Office (USPS). It further requires that vaping companies keep strict records of sales to be reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to further regulate the industry.
This new law went into effect on March 27th, which means that USPS currently does not ship vaping goods any longer. “Vaping goods” has become a blanket term, at least in the legislative literature, that includes not only nicotine products, but hemp products as well.
In response to the PACT Act being passed, both UPS and FedEx have decided to join in the efforts by also announcing that they will stop shipping vaping products to customers, effective April 5 and March 1, respectively.
Vaping companies still have the ability to have their products shipped directly to vendors, such as local vape shops throughout the country. Of course, the majority of vapers purchase their goods online, and prefer the enormous selections that are available in the online marketplace.
What This Means The Vape Mall Customers
Since the PACT Act was first announced, we have been working tirelessly to come up with alternative means to deliver our products to your doors, just as we always have. And, we’re not alone – virtually all online vaping companies have been putting all of their effort into figuring out how to continue operating to serve the vapers of this country.
USPS, FedEx, and UPS are the most popular shipping suppliers in the country, but they are not the only ones. There are many alternative logistics providers that are fully equipped to transport vaping goods from our warehouse to the homes of customers. The PACT Act does not prohibit these logistics services from doing just that, as the law only applies to the USPS, as it is a government-owned organization.
We are presently developing relationships with alternative shippers so that we can move forward in a way that allows us to continue our operations. But, this is not an overnight process. There are logistical factors to work out, including the impact on shipping costs as well as regional limitations.
Therefore, we ask you to be patient with us as we work relentlessly to continue to serve our customers. We will keep you updated and will do everything in power to continue the same level of service with affordable shipping. In the meantime, you can stock up on our products before FedEx and UPS finally cease transporting our e-liquids and other vaping goods.