By Janet Davis on March 26, 2014
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The word is out for stricter rules for e cigarette usage as approved by the European Parliament recently.
This means banning of e cigarette advertisements in the European Union nations just like with the ban implemented on tobacco products. The rules require all e cigarette to have warnings to be boldly printed on each packaging as well as restrictions on the nicotine content.
It has been noted that regulations on e cigarette usage are still in the gray area as many claim that it is an alternative to cigarette smoking. The popularity of e cigarettes have attracted many tobacco smokers to switch to these gadgets believing that it is healthier and would eventually lead to their quitting smoking.
With this new development on stricter regulations, United States Food and Drug Administration has now a clearer view of how to implement these rules. This is to be issued on states that have not yet banned using of e cigarettes in public places.
Getting the nods of member states from the tobacco legislation, it started with the cigarette packs having limitations on its production. Cigarettes have evolved to chocolate or lipstick like packaging to attract children. This is why a strict rule should be applied to stop these marketing strategies.
There was also a proposal that e cigarettes be exempted from such regulations as these are considered healthy alternatives and may be close to being medicines. Some have claimed that their smoking has been cured by switching to the vapor emitting e cigarettes.
British Labor Party member Linda McAvan stressed that they even proposed for a more comprehensive rules with the use of tobacco products. She even stated that she is seeing more court proceedings to be submitted by the new companies fighting for a milder regulation on e cigarette usage.
The stricter rules will also affect the budding e cigarette business as their sales has skyrocketed since its introduction a couple of years back. Those who have tried the early version have considered it a means to veer away from tobacco products. Its liquid nicotine has somehow made them control their smoking and the vapor has done wonders to them.
With the stricter policy approved, the European Union were divided on the issue of the e cigarettes. They question that these devices can make a smoker even more addictive to nicotine by way of the liquid in e cigarettes instead of totally stopping their smoking. What s also bugging them is how it will affect the users health with regular vaping and with no solid data obtained there is much to do on research studies. That is why they also urge every Health Departments to make a thorough study based on these facts.
Being aware of this recent strict policy, the e cigarette community may do drastic moves to counter such regulations. They may stock up on liquid cartridges and may just use their e cigarettes indoors to evade public attention.
Whether e cigarette users are in the United States, in Europe or anywhere in the world, one thing is for sure they will not let the government keep them away from this healthy alternative. It s still their choice.
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E-cigarettes could save lives, european conference told – ny daily news
Switching to e cigarettes could save millions of smokers’ lives, a conference on the rapidly expanding use of the devices heard Tuesday, though some delegates warned more research on the health effects is needed.
The merits of e cigarettes were thrashed out at a one day gathering of scientists, experts, policymakers and industry figures at the Royal Society in London.
The use of electronic cigarettes pen sized battery powered devices that simulate smoking by heating and vaporizing a liquid solution containing nicotine has grown rapidly.
Sales have doubled annually for the last four years and there are an estimated seven million users across Europe.
Many delegates merrily “vaped” away throughout the conference sessions, including one man with a luxuriant moustache puffing away on an e pipe.
“Cigarettes are killing 5.4 million people per year in the world,” said Robert West, a health psychology professor and the director of tobacco studies at Cancer Research UK.
He said switching to e cigarettes could save millions of lives, but the debate was about “whether that goal can be realized and how best to do it”.
The professor said almost a third of attempts to quit smoking involved e cigarettes.
Doctor Jacques Le Houezec, a consultant in public health and tobacco dependence from France, told delegates that while e cigarettes contained some harmful substances, the levels of toxicants were nine to 450 times lower than in cigarette smoke.
He said the exponential growth of e cigarettes was being led by smokers, not scientists.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH) pressure group, said e cigarettes could be a leap forward for public health but warned that not enough was known about their effects and pointed out that the tobacco companies are snapping up the e cigarette manufacturers.
“ASH thinks that e cigarettes have significant potential. They are a lot less harmful than smoking. Clearly smokers find them attractive, primarily as a way of quitting and moving away from smoking, which they know will kill them,” she told AFP.
“But at the moment I think the jury’s out and these products need regulating because there’s a real concern that their safety and effectiveness is not guaranteed without regulation.
“The tobacco companies are moving in. For them it’s potentially a ‘Kodak moment’ because if everyone moved to e cigarettes, they’d lose their market so they’ve got to be in there. A lot of the bigger e cigarette companies have already been bought up.”
She warned “If there are carcinogens in there, you won’t see an immediate effect but 10, 15, 20 years down the line, people will be dying from that.
“The development of e cigarettes is definitely running ahead of the science.”