How to Label E-Liquid Bottles
Though the industry of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is barely a decade old, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on its labeling and packaging standards. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' agency is unyielding in its effort to create a tobacco-free generation.
If you sell e-liquids or vapor, we've outlined the most pertinent e-liquid labeling requirements and identified some common size and material configurations that can help you stay in line with the law.
Following FDA Guidelines for E-Liquid Labels
Prior to May 2016, the ENDS industry was met with little federal regulation. The Final Rule now gives the FDA authority to regulate tobacco-related products. It prohibits the sale of a tobacco product to individuals under the age of 18 and also dictates necessities for the product's label.
First and foremost, it's important to know what pertains to the regulations outlined in the FDA's report. ENDS products include e-cigarettes, e-hookah, e-cigars, vape pens, advanced refillable personal vaporizers, and electronic pipes. Therefore, any items such as vapor products and e-liquids apply.
In an effort to prevent minors from trying or attaining these smokeless products, companies will no longer to sell in vending machines or provide free samples and will face steeper penalties if caught.
With regards to the labeling, the Final Rule states, "Packaging and advertising for all newly deemed products other than cigars must display an addictiveness warning that states: ‘WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.'"
In addition, the ruling specifies that "the warning statements on packages must be printed in at least 12-point font size to be conspicuous and legible" and that they must "appear on at least 30% of the two principal display panels of the package."
You can find more specifics in the Federal Register.
The name of this ruling is "Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Restrictions on the Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Required Warning Statements for Tobacco Products."
Choosing the Right Size Label for Your E-Liquid Bottles
To accurately measure your bottle, download our printable ruler, cut it out, and wrap it around your bottle. Be sure to turn off the Page Scaling and Rotate and Center options to ensure it prints at actual size. Once you've got your measurements, find the e-liquid bottle label that matches. For quick reference, we created the following chart to help find the appropriate e-liquid labels and vapor stickers.
Expert tip: Don't forget the lid! With small containers and a laundry list of information, every labeling opportunity counts. Our quick reference e-liquid label guide below will show you how to incorporate a lid label on your e-liquid bottles. Or, shop our full selection of lid labels.
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Additional dropper bottle sizing and label suggestions can be found in our e-liquids containers section.
Picking a Durable Label Material for Your E-Liquid Bottles
If you want your e-liquid product label to withstand moisture and contact with liquids, our weatherproof material is a great option. We break down which material is best for each printer type in our article, Create Bottle Labels for Any Occasion. If contact with water or liquids isn't a concern, sort through our full collection of materials for something special, like Brown Kraft, metallic gold, or fluorescent labels.
Your label is your best salesperson, make sure it's doing the best job possible. It should meet the label requirements for e-liquid packaging, properly fit your bottles, and be durable enough to withstand the temperatures and spills it's likely to encounter. Once you've read up on the basics, get your e-liquid labels and start designing!
We do not carry the containers mentioned in this chart.
This article is meant to be used as a labeling guide, not as an authoritative resource on the latest e-liquid legislation. At the time of publication (September 2016), the information mentioned above is compliant with state and federal laws. Please be sure to check government databases for updates or revisions as regulations can change frequently. We are not responsible or liable for any actions taken as a result of using the content or resources listed above.