Vaping companies could be asked to fund research into the health effects of flavoured liquids used in e-cigarettes under plans being considered by the UK’s medicines watchdog. The proposal, outlined to the Observer by an expert on tobacco control, comes as studies link e-liquid flavours such as mint, creme brulee and cinnamon to heart and lung problems.
Last week, the US announced a ban on most e-liquid flavours over fears that vaping has reached epidemic proportions among teenagers. [...]
Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [...] issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions.
Deja vu in the new year, already. What a healthy beginning to 2020.
“We will protect the industry,” President Donald Trump said during remarks to reporters at a New Year’s Eve gala.
The partial ban is now active and a reality. The FDA also remains adamant that this isn’t a “ban” because products can return to the market through the existing PMTA processes. Still, it’s a ban in one form or another.
The addiction treatment and recovery system in the United States is massive. The industry comprises approximately 15,000 public and private service units with more than 1.3 million persons in care at any point in time. Some 24 million people are in long-term recovery, having benefited from treatment, recovery support and/or a variety of mutual aid organizations. Considerable innovation occurs regularly in the system, including motivational/cognitive-behavioral approaches, recovery community organizations, and harm reduction strategies such as needle exchange and naloxone distribution.
The decision of the FDA not to ban all flavored e-cigarettes is a huge victory for public health. By allowing vape shops to continue selling flavored vape liquids, the FDA is preventing hundreds of thousands of ex-smokers from being forced to return to smoking. It also ensures that this important off-ramp from smoking remains available to adult smokers.
However, the battle is not yet over because if the FDA implements the PMTA deadline in May of this year, it will wipe out most of the vaping industry, handing it over to the tobacco companies. [...]
The past decade in British healthcare has been disappointing: improvements in life expectancy and neonatal mortality have stalled and public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen sharply.
But one positive singled out in a recent review of healthcare developments was the rise of e-cigarettes use, which the article noted had given “tobacco cessation a boost at no cost to the public purse”. Yet 2019 was one of the most challenging years for e-cigarettes since they emerged on the global market just over 10 years ago. [...]
Many vapers say they feel safe using e-cigarettes despite the recent outbreak of lung injuries, new survey data shows.
About 77 percent of e-cigarette users say they believe vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes and 60 percent say it is healthier than drinking alcohol.
Shockingly, nearly 80 percent of vapers younger than age 40 say they feel safe vaping. Collin Czarnecki, lead researcher of the survey conducted by Harmony Healthcare IT [...] said the findings show that more awareness needs to be spread on the dangers of vaping, particularly for young adults.
It’s common sense: When you tax a product, people buy less of it. So, when you heavily tax a potentially life-saving product such as e-cigarettes and vapes, fewer people use it, meaning, sadly, that more people continue to smoke cigarettes and die prematurely as a consequence.
Traditionally, such “sin taxes” are levied on harmful goods such as old-fashioned cigarettes in an effort to discourage their use. But as part of a broader, misguided war on vaping, some states have recently started applying heavy taxes on e-cigarettes, as well. [...]
Adam is among a small but growing number of UK teenagers who vape as a fashionable and, UK health authorities say, potentially safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
Parents on the online forum Mumsnet said they would prefer their children to vape than smoke and Public Health England, a government body, says that vaping is 95 per cent safer than smoking. But this claim is based on 2014 data and scientists are increasingly rejecting the advice.
In recent years, more than 20 countries have banned vaping while others, including Canada and Australia, have tightened regulations.
The Trump administration is expected to announce this week that it will ban mint-, fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarette cartridges popular with teenagers, but allow menthol and tobacco flavors to remain on the market.
Flavored liquid nicotine used in open tank systems can continue to be sold, according to two administration officials who have been briefed on the plan. It is an important concession to vape shops that have thrived alongside the booming e-cigarette business in recent years.