Friday, May 7, 2021

The PACT Act Amendments & What They Mean for Vape Shops

Due to the recent amendment of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act to include noncombustibles, vape shops across the country are no longer able to ship their vaping products, effective March 28, 2021. More commonly known as the PACT Act, this legislation bars the United States Postal Service from accepting packages of vapor products for delivery, and many other courier services have jumped on the bandwagon.

FedEx announced that as of March 1, 2021, it has also begun prohibiting “electronic cigarettes, vaping liquids, and other vaping products in the FedEx global network.” UPS soon followed suit, informing Vaping360 that “UPS will not transport vaping products to, from, or within the United States due to the increased complexity to ship those products,” effective April 5, 2021.

These changes have hit many vape store owners hard, especially those whose sole means of distribution are online sales. The impact to the consumers is largely unknown, although many assumptions have been made that this amendment could result in many turning to traditional cigarettes, as they tend to be more readily available.