Facebook is banning e-cig vendors.

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It would seem that some e-cig related commercial pages on Facebook have been deleted for TOS violations.  Hundreds of manufacturers and vendors network using Facebook, offering coupon codes, info on their latest products, and contests for their customers.  A thread on UKVapers.org talks about this new phenomenon. There is also a post on a vaping related Facebook page  where a vendor states he lost contact with 14,000 fans of his page with no explanation or prior warning.  More information about this incident can be found here.

Looking up Facebook’s TOS agreement regarding ecigs, it seems that e-cigs are considered by Facebook to be tobacco products in the same vein as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, etc.

Vendors beware!  In the post referenced above, the aggrieved vendor stated that Facebook continued to take funds for advertising even after they deleted his page and sponsored links.

Was the prohibition of vendor pages, along with sponsored advertising of e-cigs and related products always prohibited on Facebook, or is this a new thing ushered in with shareholders and tanking stock prices?  Perhaps it has more to do with US big tobacco companies getting into the e-cig market, or the fact that minors as young as 13 are allowed to use Facebook?  Honestly, it’s hard to tell.  What is clear, however, is that it seems that manufacturer and vendor pages are being targeted for removal now.  Per the TOS, groups that promote the community aspect of vaping such as Vapors Lounge, Real Vapers, Vapers Network, et al. have not been targeted… yet.

 

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61 Comments

  1. alejandro says

    Oh facebook…

  2. Philippe Caron-Boutin says

    Thank you facebook, for another time you will think for me what is good for me!!!

    (ironic voice)

  3. crystalT64 says

    face book i really do hate it and have been tempted to delete it so many times one day something they do will be the last straw and BYE BYE FB !!!!

  4. jimpo42 says

    It’s considered a tobacco product, except it has no tobacco in it? Interesting

  5. brianwilson says

    Facebook is a gonner to me now. No more shall I be it’s slave. That was just ridiculous.

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  7. Gareth Witty says

    Err what tobacco? its just PG and VG and some flavours and a little nicotine?

  8. Nerdsauce says

    It wouldn’t be so bad if Facebook weren’t showing their ignorant side. Classifying e-cigs as “vaporized tobacco delivery devices”. Don’t they realize there’s no tobacco in the product at all? I think they need to stop listening to these fake paid-for “scientists” that the Government has on their payroll and start doing their own research into the “vaporized NICOTINE delivery devices” (no tobacco necessary).

  9. Junk Mountain says

    I’m sure reddit or skype or twitter would love to have the hundreds of thousands of us ready to abandon the #facebook ship. Apparently they care not that every single vendor sells zero nicotine e-juice as an option, which is what I buy. Let’s discuss our options and organize. I’m ready.

  10. Joe M. says

    Facebook doesn’t mind if Big Alcohol promotes their product though……

  11. Mark dahlin says

    Remember Facebook. Biting the hand that feeds you, never ends well….

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