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 Clive Bates | 28 July 2013

I have been pretty scathing in a number of posts about how wrong it would be to regulate e-cigarettes as medicines (see, for example: The case for regulating e-cigarettes as medicines; 10 reasons not to regulate e-cigarettes as medicines ; Medicines regulation for e-cigarettes – when caution can kill - and pointed out it is probably illegal, not least because they are not medicines. I’ve also stressed the significant body of legislation that already applies to e-cigarettes , and suggested how the tobacco products directive can be amended to take better advantage of this.

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 Clive Bates | 26 July 2013

Marco Van Basten (@MarcoVanB_UK), a constituent, vaper and film maker, interviews Linda McAvan MEP, the European Parliament rapporteur for the Tobacco Products Directive.

 

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 Clive Bates | 25 July 2013

Smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes and novel nicotine products have astonishing potential to reduce the expected one billion premature deaths from tobacco in the 21st Century. Yet some health organisations are spreading misinformation, stoking up unwarranted fears and pretending there is much more risk and uncertainty than there really is. So to provide some balance here is a collection of on-the-record quotes from researchers, experts and others who have grasped the important and disruptive significance of these developments. Enjoy!

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 Clive Bates | 23 July 2013

I was trying to pen some wonkish words about the state of play on the tobacco products directive now the European Parliament scrutiny debate,Council General Approach and Commission proposals are all done. But then I thought:no, why dignify all this? In a crowded field, it’s possibly the worst legislative mess I have ever seen – a gargantuan dog’s breakfast, a gluttonous feast of uncooked ideas unfit for human consumption.

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 Clive Bates | 10 July 2013

What do the supporters of medicines regulation for e-cigs say, and why are they wrong?

 

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 Clive Bates | 19 June 2013

To coincide with World No Tobacco Day 2013 (theme: are you being manipulated?), I attended a workshop in the European Parliament: Do tobacco control measures reduce tobacco use: evidence from research and practice . Frankly, it was quite irksome at times. I finally felt obliged to tackle one of the speakers: here’s what happened…

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 Clive Bates | 19 June 2013

A public health academic is forceful and direct with the misguided opponents and over-zealous regulators of e-cigarettes. He describes the presentation of World Health Organisation’s Roberto Bertollini to a European Parliament workshop as ‘appalling’. This is a measured, compassionate, but quietly angry and exasperated interview by one of Europe’s leading experts on e-cigarettes, Professor Jean-François Etter.I hope everyone involved with the e-cigarette policy debate will take 5 minutes to view this – it says pretty well all that needs to be said. Some quotes I’ve drawn out:

 

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 Clive Bates | 19 June 2013

So the MHRA will regulate e-cigarettes as though they are medicines – press release . 10 reasons why is this a bad idea.

 

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 Clive Bates | 9 June 2013

Time to discuss the ‘gateway effect’… the idea that e-cigarettes or snus (a form of low risk smokeless tobacco) might be a cause of children taking up high risk cigarette smoking that would not otherwise happen. There’s virtually nothing in this theory – it is largely a campaigning tactic. But you hear much less about the genuine beneficial gateway effects that lead kids away from smoking. As my friend David Sweanor puts it:

beware the unintended consequences of our fear of unintended consequences

David Sweanor

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 Clive Bates | 23 May 2013

When the UK Medicines Regulator (MHRA) consulted in 2010 on whether e-cigarettes should be regulated as medicines, it gave three options: I summarise the first two and quote the third:
Option 1 . Regulate as medicines and withdraw unlicensed products in 21 days
Option 2 . Regulate as medicines and withdraw unlicensed products in a year (June 2011)
Option 3 . “ Do nothing and allow these unregulated products containing nicotine that have not been assessed for safety, quality and efficacy to remain on the market .” [emphasis mine]