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January 29, 2021

UPS Will End Home Delivery of Vaping Products

Following congressional passage of the “vape mail” ban that will end U.S. Postal Service shipping of vaping products to consumers, UPS has joined Fedex in announcing it too will end shipping of vapes. The ban covers shipping to both consumers and businesses.

“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,” a company spokesperson told Vaping360 by email. The policy, which will soon leave no major shipping service willing to deliver vaping products to homes, has left online vaping retailers scrambling to find a solution.

The announcement followed days of uncertainty, with some vaping businesses being told that their accounts would be closed, and others being reassured that the company’s tobacco and vapor product policy would not change. (The UPS website has still not amended the policy.)

Fedex had already confirmed that it will end vapor product shipping as of March 1. DHL, the other major shipping service, previously banned domestic retail shipments of e-cigarettes and all nicotine-containing products.

The policy, which will soon leave no major shipping service willing to deliver vaping products to homes, has left online vaping retailers scrambling to find a solution.

The new law, which was inserted into the federal Omnibus Spending Bill, mandates that the U.S. Postal Service create regulations within 120 days banning U.S. Mail delivery of vaping products—whether they contain nicotine or not. The bill was so broad that the wording includes all vaping products, including all cannabis, CBD, and flavor-only liquids and devices.

The Postal Service has not issued its new rules yet. Existing USPS regulations allow manufacturers and distributors to ship cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to each other, but not directly to customers. If those rules carry over to vaping products, vape shops will still be able to receive products, but individual customers will be unable to receive deliveries at home.

In addition to banning USPS deliveries of vaping products, the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act” forces vape product sellers into the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, which is part of the larger federal Jenkins Act. The PACT Act imposes a series of stringent requirements on shippers of included products:

  • Register with the U.S. Attorney General/ATF
  • Verify age of customers using a commercially available database
  • Use private shipping services that collect an adult signature at the point of delivery
  • If selling in states that tax vaping products, sellers must register with the federal government and with the tobacco tax administrators of the states
  • Collect all applicable local and state taxes, and affix any required tax stamps to the products sold
  • Send each taxing state’s tax administrator a list of all transactions with customers in their state, including the names and addresses of each customer sold to, and the quantities and type of each product sold
  • Maintain records for five years of any “delivery interrupted because the carrier or service determines or has reason to believe that the person ordering the delivery is in violation of the [PACT Act]”

Sellers who do not register or don’t comply with the requirements of the PACT Act are subject to severe penalties, including prison. The PACT Act provisions of the law take effect in late March, and apply to all online sales, no matter which carrier ships them.

You can read our previous coverage of the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act” here:

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy
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Frank Mathers
Frank Mathers
28 days ago

This is bullshit. This is helping me to get off of cigarettes which are very expensive. I really can not afford them. I have been lowering my niccotine in increments so I won’t be addicted anymore. This makes me very angry. I can not believe that the government can do this . The US government is really becoming a dictator bannana republic style of government and has gotten out of our control. We need to to throw the crazy senators and representives out asap and take back our country back while we still can. This is our country and we… Read more »

Mia
Mia
23 days ago
Reply to  Frank Mathers

I agree frank….especially with this pandemic alot people are afraid to go out and buy what they need. I usually order hemp by mail. So this crap affects me too. SMDH

Thomas Levins
Thomas Levins
1 day ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Thats exactly what I plan on doing, I already know how to, it just a matter of procuring the ingredients.

Chris Cefalu
Chris Cefalu
15 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

How do you make your own e liquid?

Steve
Steve
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

I’ll be stocking up. I already have probably 6 months to year’s worth of juice. Time to stock up on salts. More bang for the buck.

Thomas Levins
Thomas Levins
1 day ago
Reply to  Steve

Between me and my wife we have about 1000 buck worth of ejuice, so now I just have to stock up on coils and nic. Because where I live the vaoe shops had to get rid of all the flavors, they can only sell tobacco, menthol and flavorless.

Michelle Hughes
Michelle Hughes
25 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Getting nicotine will be though

Tristan
Tristan
10 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

So I heard that they won’t be shipping to businesses either? Like my head shop, vape shop won’t be getting shipments in?!?! Is that correct?

Thomas Levins
Thomas Levins
1 day ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

They are trying to shut down the vape industry, which has helped countless people quit smoking, it really it a f—— shame. Sorry for the language but I’m very passionate about this issue and I’m from New York so I think I get a pass.

Michele
Michele
12 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

What I am doing.

Aaron
Aaron
14 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Tell me more about freezing nicotine please. I use 100mg/ml base . I had np idea you could freeze it.

Karen Martin (Kaz)
Karen Martin (Kaz)
18 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

I’ve bought this MTH 480mls of 200mg nicotine base
& I have 3litres of eLiquid

Akz
Akz
26 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

No supplier will sell straight free base to people who are not legal e juice manufacturers, and no mail carrier will ship nic suspended in either pg, vg, or both.

Karyan stuber
Karyan stuber
19 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Remember theres a pandemic so people cant afford to stock up and “freeze” it. But no lets give drug addict the chance to legally have heroin or whatever crap and free methadone in oregon at least but lord forbid anyone vapes! This puts alot of people in struggling positions. Not being able to be sent any vape product will shut my husbands shop down and that shop is what pays the rent and puts food on the table for my kids. So yea im pissed off.

Sean McDonald
Sean McDonald
12 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

I just ordered 1 liter of 100mg nic .. was 67 shipped to my door .. 1gallon is 159 plus shipping.. maybe after I use up this I can just wean my self completely off of nic completely .. or start flying to arizona by a 55gal drum and renting a car one way to drive it home lol

Eric
Eric
25 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Can you list some online retailers that are allowed to ship within NY? It’s hard finding new places to order from, and there are no vape shops by me. Looking to get unflavored high concentration to mix my own. Thanks for this site, btw.

Brandon
Brandon
26 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

I normally order materials to make my e-liquid at home. Will sites that supply VG/PG/Nicotine/flavors be hit by this?

Karol Barksdale
Karol Barksdale
17 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

All vape supplies are going to be banned, including the coils that are used in the tank with the e-liquid.I just spoke to the place where I order mine and was told it’s including everything, including 0 nicotine. You need to check, but I’m told nothing that is used in vaping will be sent to businesses or consumers. Luckily they offer DIY kits that are extremely easy to use, will buy a year’s worth and hope lawmakers come to their sense. I have been off cigarettes for 5 years after starting the vape (low nicotine %),am 64 and haven’t felt… Read more »

Michael Moeller
Michael Moeller
7 days ago

This bill was passed and signed into law by the Trump administration. So I don’t understand trying to shift the blame to Democrats. It took members from both parties to pass this and Trump had veto power so he had the most influence in the process.

Person who will not be vaping
Person who will not be vaping
28 days ago

Well it looks like we’re done then. I can’t see any way forward from here. Contacting congressmen clearly does no good, as I have done so many, many times and they do not care what we want. This is disgusting.

Robert Galan
Robert Galan
27 days ago

BIG TOBACCO WANTS YOU BACK.

Frederick C Warthen
Frederick C Warthen
26 days ago

So now their taking our right to chose away from us. Thought this was the US where we have a choice in what we do…. I vape and now there telling me basically I can’t that Bs and shouldn, t be left up to the gov To force people like me to stop. This effects not just online vape shops but local stores too. If they don’t get the shipments then they go down too.

Joshua Elias
Joshua Elias
24 days ago

What an absolute crock of s*** these people do not care about our kids or us. So we find a healthier alternative to smoking, and they ban it because they are losing money. Wow what a great country we live in.

Sean McDonald
Sean McDonald
12 days ago
Reply to  Joshua Elias

Maybe time to run for the border .. buying nic in mexico .. imagine sneaking nic across the border lol

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