New Proposed Electronic Cigarette Regulation
So under a new proposal from the MHRA electronic cigarettes will be classed as “medicines” along with other nicotine-containing products (NCPs) as of 2016. The agency has stated that this move will make vaping much safer and “more effective”.
The framework that will be put into place will provide tightly regulated products that in effect will be safer, and more effect to use as studies by the MHRA have found that the consistency relating to the nicotine in e liquid can vary from batch to batch. Although so far there has been no hard evidence to support this claim that has been released to my knowledge. Using this argument the MHRA state that the nicotine variance between batches casts doubt on how useful e cigarettes are at helping people to quit smoking. Sorry but surely the best way to see if the product works is by actually finding out or gaining an estimation as to how many of the 1.3 million people across the UK have actually quit using these devices? I am sure they will find the number to be quite high.
The Chief Medical Officer for England, Sally Davis, said “While it’s best to quit completely, I realise that not every smoker can and it is much better to get nicotine from safer sources such as nicotine replacement therapy.
“More and more people are using e-cigarettes, so it’s only right these products are properly regulated to be safe and work effectively.”
Is This Bad News For Vapers?
This news however has upset a lot of the vaping community with concerns that this new move could potentially force vapers back to regular cigarettes. Given time once the products are classed as a medicine there are fears that the prices will be hiked up to offset for the additional costs that come with the regulating and the licensing of the devices, with high taxes soon to follow. Also in a move to stop vaping appealing to children certain flavours such as bubblegum and any other candy/sweet flavours will be likely abolished decreasing the large selection of flavours that is currently available.
MHRA go on to say that at present no electronic cigarette on the market would qualify for a medicines licence which in effect will ban the current devices used by vapers. Instead the MHRA recommend that people who want to quit smoking should use NRTs such as the nicotine patches and gum. Brilliant, smokers are being advised to use a product that has a proven failure rate of over 90% after a year of using the product.
It has also been reported that campaigners have said that e cigs “could undermine efforts to reduce smoking,”. Really?…who are these people? An electronic cigarette may appear like a regular cigarette in its appearance and function however for this very reason it helps smokers easily make the transition from smoking to vaping. Over a million in the UK rely on e cigs to provide a safer alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes and whether these people have used e cigs to quit or just to cut down on the amount they smoke these devices have prised open the firm grasp that the tobacco industry has had for such a long time. Surely this new regulation will only re-tighten their grip as people will me forced back to smoking.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for making these products safer, but if this regulation gets the green light I just hope it is for the right reasons and electronic cigarettes are widely available for the people that need them and at a reasonable cost.
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More information can be found on the MHRA website: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/CON288102