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The New Vape Ban: Everything You Need to Know

The 2021 Vape Ban: Everything you need to know

If you’ve been following the latest cannabis news, laws and regulations, you’ve most likely heard about the impending “vape ban”. If you haven’t, don’t fret – we’re here to break it down for you. Tucked away at the very end of the first Covid-19 bill was an act called “The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children (PACT) Act”. The act essentially limits the ability to deliver vape cartridges and pens to retail customers. And, unfortunately for vape users, the largest mail carriers including UPS, USPS, FedEx and DHL are all participating. 

The PACT Act specifically states that, “effective March 28, 2021, recipients of all vaping products purchased online will be required by law to present ID and sign for their delivery. The U.S. Postal Service ban on mailing vaping products will go into effect on April 27, 2021. After this date, customers will no longer be able to receive vaping products by way of USPS delivery”. Additionally, FedEx stopped accepting vapor products for delivery on March 1, 2021, and DHL had already previously banned all shipments of nicotine-containing products and has now also ended all cannabis vapor product shipments. And, effective April 5, 2021, “UPS will not transport vaping products to, from or within the United States due to the increased complexity to ship those products,” said UPS spokesperson Matthew O’Connor. 

So, how does this affect vape smokers? Basically, once the PACT Act takes effect, you’ll no longer be able to order vape products online and have them mailed to you. Instead, you’d have to use a carrier that offers a “signature required upon delivery” service. Which means that you’ll have to be present when the delivery is dropped off. The bad news is that these other carries are typically more expensive and not as well known as the most popular postal carriers. Therefore, you’ll have to do your research to figure out a way to get the vapes delivered to you.

While most of the bans take effect on March 28, 2021, USPS has until April 26, 2021, to put in place its own specific regulations regarding the vape mail ban. Vape users are hoping to hear some positive news, but unfortunately USPS will most likely put the same regulations in place as the other mail carriers. 

Despite the negative effects of the ban, we’re hopeful that a work-around will be presented in the near future. Additionally, although it may not be as convenient as delivery – you’re still able to pick up your favorite vape products at your local tobacco or smoke shop.