E-cigarettes: regulations for consumer products

Preliminary guidance on how to get an e-cigarette on the market in the UK, including the notification scheme and reporting problems with e-cigarettes.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-cigarettes-regulations-for-consumer-products

Brexit! How Will It Affect the TPD and UK Vapers?

Voters in the UK decided by a narrow margin to leave the European Union, and the country will now begin the long, messy job of negotiating the divorce with its partner of over 40 years. Vapers who voted to leave based on the machinations that led to the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) may be surprised to find that nothing much will change anytime soon, and perhaps for much longer — or maybe ever.

There isn’t much detailed information available about vaping post-EU, but I think I’ve found a couple of very good sources. Clive Bates, who advocated for the UK to remain in the EU, wrote an excellent blog describing the likely results, and included a small section on vaping. What he said strikes me (an American who had no stake in the outcome or preference) as sound thinking. Sarah Jakes is a trustee of the New Nicotine Alliance. She offered some personal thoughts on the TPD and the Brexit vote (the NNA itself took no position on the election). And while she personally supported leaving, I don’t detect any bias in her analysis either. She is one of the most pragmatic of vaping advocates, and seems quite aware of all the potential benefits and pitfalls of the Brexit.

Why do so many British vapers hate the EU?

The TPD — really Article 20 of the TPD, which addressed e-cigarettes  — was opposed by nearly every vaper, vapor business, and vaping advocate in the UK and the rest of the EU. Yet the unelected Brussels bureaucrats and their uninformed partners in the European Parliament seemed to ignore all advice and opinion from consumers, business and scientists, and instead crafted rules that did nothing to protect public health, and in fact didn’t do much of anything except promulgate a set of pointless and burdensome restrictions.

Clive Bates actually puts much of the blame on the British themselves. “One reason, perhaps the main reason, why the TPD is so dire,” he writes, “is that the entire deliberative legislative process was consumed and wasted arguing over the UK-promoted and Commission-adopted idea of regulating e-cigarettes as medicines. The efforts required to overcome fundamental misunderstandings meant there was no space to discuss what should be done in a rational regulatory regime – and the actual TPD Article 20 was all cobbled together in few secret amateurish political meetings after the medicine proposal was defeated.”

It was defeated largely due to pressure from vapers. “But the only reason we don’t have mandatory medicine regulation for e-cigarettes in the UK,” writes Bates, “is because this policy was reversed in the European Parliament on 8 October 2013, after a brilliant pan-European lobbying campaign by vapers.” Sarah Jakes was one of those vapers. “Having successfully overturned the proposal to regulate vapour products as medicines,” she wrote in a message, “vapers watched in despair as the resultant regulations were created behind closed doors, by people who did not understand either the products or the consumers, and without considering the impact on either the consumers or the industry.”

Jakes doesn’t differentiate between British EU representatives and those from other countries. “The process surrounding the creation of the TPD and in particular Article 20, opened our eyes to the lack of accountability or transparency inherent in the EU system and this was not an attractive view.”

That is a short version of why many — but certainly not all — British vapers were eager to leave the EU, and why so many who supported Brexit were very vocal about it. However, the idea that vapers swung the election is not necessarily true. Yes, there are a couple million vapers in the UK. But there is no real evidence about how many voted to leave, or for that matter, how many voted at all. Having said that, all UK vapers have an interest in what happens next.

What will happen immediately?

The short answer is nothing. The vapor products provisions of the TPD will stay in effect until the UK negotiates the terms of its exit from the EU. Presumably the government will continue on the path it has already begun, enforcing the regulations lightly and creating as little disruption to vapers as the regulations allow. But a new government could make different choices.

If the EU introduces taxes on e-cigs before the UK exits (the plan is to do this next year), that will be another point — and a very minor one in the larger scheme of things — to be negotiated in the separation.

Should the shockwaves created by the Brexit cause economic distress (the value of the British pound dropped significantly in the immediate aftermath of the vote), the whole country will feel the results. But declining currency value, for example, won’t affect vapers particularly.

What will happen later?

Bear in mind that many EU regulations will probably survive the split, since the UK will still have to satisfy its partners in order to achieve attractive terms in whatever trade deals they work out. “We are likely to negotiate a settlement that requires compliance with single market regulations,” writes Clive Bates. “So we could leave the EU and still have the TPD, with no say on its future. This is not certain but the most likely outcome in my view.”

That’s not likely to sit well with vapers, but if the UK must submit to EU regulations to maintain its trading relationship with EU countries, rules on vapor products will be low on the list of topics to fight over. Vapers may think it’s a central issue, but when negotiators are engaging over terms of agricultural, military and industrial trade, e-cigs will hardly register. Barnaby Page of Ecig Intelligencewrote thate-cigarette regulation is hardly likely to be a prime concern of government.” As Bates says, bad regulations are bad enough, but to have no say in their adoption is worse.

The UK is the most vape-friendly country in the world. Leaving the EU removes that positive British influence from the process of creating future regulations. “There was also the hope,” says Sarah Jakes, “that with France moving towards greater acceptance of the benefits of vaping for smokers, an alliance could have been created between the UK and France which would have been very influential in the EU.” This may hurt British vapers if the UK is forced to live with EU terms in the final trade agreement, but even if it doesn’t, it may negatively affect vapers in the EU.

There is also the question of funding for science on e-cigs. Much of the best science has come from the UK, and a lot of it comes from EU grants. Debora MacKenzie wrote an interesting article last week in MIT Technology Review, explaining that Brexit would cause a lot of science funding to disappear, and also prevent future collaboration between British scientists and colleagues from EU countries. And funding from the UK government is at risk too. “British chancellor George Osborne said last week that he would have to slash public spending to pay for the costs of Brexit, estimated to total $100 billion by 2020,” writes MacKenzie. “That, he says, would include hitherto untouchable budgets for health care. Science seems likely to be even more vulnerable to cuts.”

For vapers, the future just isn’t clear. “The question of what vapers can expect next cannot be answered by anyone at this stage,” says Sarah Jakes. “Much will depend on how hard we fight and who will be in government in the not too distant future – but at least we will be masters of our own destiny, or demise.”

SOURCE: http://vaping360.com/brexit-will-affect-tpd-uk-vapers/ –Jim McDonald of Vaping 360.com


Smoking vs E-Cigarettes – Why Vaping Is Better Than Smoking

ecigcaptoVaping May Not Be The Best Habit, But Here’s Why It’s Better Than Smoking

Vaping is healthier than smoking, right? Or this is what we were trained to believe by advertising companies? but what is the truth about this new habit? Puffing white smoke is not going to bring you any vitamins – that’s a fact! But it may have some benefits. After all, there is no smoke without a fire.

To reveal the truth about vaping, we took a look at what science has to say about this phenomenon, and here are the scientifically proven vaping benefits you had no idea about.

Vaping does not damage your cardiovascular system

The Greek researchers at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center discovered one of the most important vaping benefits: the process doesn’t damage your aorta, the biggest artery in the body. The team of researchers compared the effect of traditional smoking and vaping on the heart function and found that regular cigarettes, even as few as two, stiffen the arteries. On the other hand, vaping has no effects on your heart and arteries.

Other teams of researchers conducted studies on the impact of e-cigarettes on the oxygenation of the heart. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos analyzed the effects of vaping on the oxygen supply and found there are no alterations in the amount of oxygen the heart receives during vaping. By comparison, regular smoking impairs the diastolic function and reduces the amount of oxygen received by the heart, with devastating consequences on long term.

A team of scientists behind the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health looked at the impact of the e-liquids on the heart cells. They studied the liquid, which is used to contain the nicotine, and found it has no effects on the heart. The group of researchers went on and analyzed 20 different types of liquid for the electronic cigarette and concluded none of them had a negative impact upon the cardiac cells and their normal function.

Vaping doesn’t impair lung function

One of the great vaping benefits is that vapors don’t impair the lung function nor the respiratory process. Researchers looked at how vaping impacts the respiratory function and the lungs, given the fact smoking leads to deadly lung cancer and a lot of respiratory problems in both first-hand smokers and second-hand smokers. The study concluded that vaping has no negative effect on the lungs, in the short term.

The smoke from vaping really is safer than the one from regular smoking

One of the vaping benefits was revealed by a study published in the Oxford Journal, which analyzed the compounds in the e-cigarette smoke. They found the smoke, which is actually vapor, is free of burning residues and it does contain a small amount of nicotine. This leads to another question: Is second hand e-cigarette smoking dangerous for one’s health?

Second-hand vaping is not dangerous

Inhaling the vapors from someone’s electronic cigarette is not harmful. A team of French researchers studied the effects of second-hand vaping and concluded that vapors from e-cigs are not dangerous. Vapor disappears in around 11 seconds, while the smoke from regular cigars continues to float around for up to 20 minutes.

The conclusion on this matter was stated by another researcher, Igor Burstyn of School of Public Health, Drexel University’s Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health, who concluded in his study the vapors contain insignificant amounts of potentially dangerous substances. He also stated there are no reasons to ban vaping in public places, even if some judges are thinking a lot before ruling smoking e-cigarettes  is not the same with smoking regular cigarettes.

Vaping can actually improve a smoker’s health

Apart from individual studies which looked at certain parts of the body and how they react on vaping, a team of independent scientists came up with an interesting study on the overall effects of vaping on a smoker’s body. They found that 91 percent of the smokers who switches to vaping improved their health and 97 percent of them noticed a reduction in their chronic coughing.

Meanwhile, in Boston University of Public Health, another team looked at the mortality risk in smokers. They found that electronic cigarettes users had a significantly lower risk of death, compared to their peers who used regular cigarettes.

Vaping can really help a smoker quit

Among the vaping benefits is the great help they give to smokers in leaving behind this bad habit. A study conducted by a team of mixed researchers from the University of Geneva and the University of Auckland revealed that vaping helps smokers give up on smoking and keeps them away from cigarettes. Another study found that flavored liquids are actually helping former smokers cutting down on the cigarettes and even o nicotine, for some. This means we might witness a day when smoking becomes a dead habit altogether.

All these studies prove that vaping  really comes with a lot of benefits for both the person who vapes and the people around him or her. However, there will always be question marks and controversies on this habit.

Source: Helena Negru – Elitedaily.com/life

Scotland’s Biggest Health Board to Allow Vaping on Site

E-cigarettes can now be used on NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) grounds by patients, visitors and staff, in a bid they say to further cut smoking rates.

The e- cigarettes can only be used on Hospital grounds though, they are still banned in the hospital buildings.

The change in policy has come around in an effort, so writes the Herald, to try and change the behaviour of a few hardcore smokers that still smoke at hospital entrances. It is hoped that by allowing vaping, they will change their habits.

Director of Public Health, Dr Emilia Crighton said, “Tobacco is still the most common preventable cause of death in Scotland with smoking to blame for around a quarter of all deaths.

“We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.
“We have seen the percentage of people who smoke fall from 37.5 per cent to 25 per cent over the last 10 years. I believe allowing e-cigarette use is the next tool in that fight and it will play a role in reducing that figure even more.

“Our Smokefree services are designed to help people identify an approach that works for them. Over the last five years, more than 150,000 people have used our Smokefree Services and this method can be used to manage nicotine withdrawal while smokers work towards quitting altogether.”


Source – Totally Wicked

Great Progress In Parliament – E-Cigarette Regulations Petition

25 MAY 2016 — Dear Friends,

There were a series of important meetings in Parliament yesterday in which senior Labour and Conservative politicians were discussing how to remove the vaping regulations from the TPD. Both sides have been highly impressed with your campaign – especially your fabulous personalised letters to peers. The critical Lords vote is expected in the week commencing 6 June. We will be asking you to write to peers again in the run up to that.

For now the politicians are urging us to focus on influencing the Department of Health by asking you to encourage your MP to write to the Health Minister Jane Ellison.

All you have to do is three things:

STEP ONE: Find the email address of your MP throughwww.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
STEP TWO: Use the bullet points below to devise your respectful letter to your MP
STEP THREE: Hit send!

Your Letter To Your MP
a) say that you live in their constituency and give them your address
b) explain that you are writing about the legislation before Parliament that would enforce the Tobacco Products Directive
c) say how you think it could harm Britain’s 2.8 million vapers
d) give your personal story about how vaping has helped you
e) say that there is a vital two weeks to act during which the legislation can be blocked in the House of Lords
f) ask them to write a letter to the Health Minister, Jane Ellison, and offer the draft below for them to use

Dear Minister,
You will be aware that the e-cigarettes regulations before Parliament are subject to a fatal motion in the Lords.
A central objective of your role is to protect public health by reducing the smoking epidemic. Last Sunday’s BBC Horizon programme added to the growing evidence already provided to you by the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England that vaping is far safer than smoking and is providing a gateway out of tobacco use for millions. E-cigarettes should be the centrepiece of your strategy not something which the Department of Health obstructs.
For instance it is very difficult to explain to my constituents why the Department last Friday brought in a ban on e-cigarette advertising a month after the Royal College of Physicians urged you to “promote e-cigarettes widely.”
There are 2.8 million vapers nationally which means there are around 4,300 in my constituency. They are increasingly aware that your Department’s own impact assessment outlined serious problems with the TPD’s e-cigarette regulations:
a) “There is a risk that due to the potential price increase and reduction of choice of e-cigarettes, people will choose to switch back to smoking” (paragraph 207)
b) the number of e-cigarette products on the market could fall 96% from 25,000 to 1,000 (Annex B page 74)
c) “There is a risk that a black market will develop with potentially harmful e-cigarette products” (paragraph 208)
d) “if users can’t get the desired nicotine level from e-cigarettes they may switch to cigarettes” (paragraph 200)
Of deepest concern is the plight of the 252,000 e-cigarette users who use the stronger nicotine levels which your Department is planning to ban with no solution other than smoking or the black market. This is unconscionable. Emergency measures must be introduced to protect them.
The complete lack of political support for these e-cigarette regulations was revealed by your colleague Lord Prior of Brampton who told the House of Lords that he hoped that “enforcement would be more Italian than traditionally British.”
I also note that two years ago Jeremy Corbyn described the e-cigarette regulations as “perverse” and two weeks ago his shadow health minister Lord Hunt of Kings Heath said that he could not understand why e-cigarettes had been included in the Directive.
Our constituents will ask why given the gravity of these measures they have never been debated on the floor of the House of Commons.
We have to demonstrate to our constituents that the political process in Westminster and Brussels is responsive when mistakes have been made. The Department of Health has been poor in dealing with e-cigarettes: Lord Prior said that without the moderating influence of Brussels our regulations could have been “far worse.”
It is disturbing that your officials are still briefing about the need “to protect children from the dangers of nicotine” when there is no evidence of children being lured into tobacco use through vaping and the health risks are almost entirely from the inhalation of tobacco smoke not the nicotine.
It is time for your Department to take the lead during this critical fortnight in which faults in the current SI can be dealt with. I know that ASH are lobbying MPs for the SI to remain unchanged and am also aware that they receive a £200,000 DH grant.
I ask you to make an announcement to the House on what measures you are taking to prevent this turning into a public health catastrophe which would last until the next Tobacco Products Directive is implemented in around 2026.
Yours sincerely,
xxxx xxxx MP

The Law On E-Cigarettes Just Changed – Here’s What It Means

The law on e-cigarettes and vaping just changed in Britain – with adverts disappearing, packaging changing, and some products vanishing.

It’s all part of the EU Tobacco Products Directive – which also means that 10-packs of cigarettes are going to vanish from today.

E-cigarette smokers may find that some products have changed – or vanished.

For instance, the maximum size of refill containers is now 10ml, meaning that large refills are no longer on sale.

Likewise, cartridges or tanks can no longer exceed 2ml – and high-strength e-liquids at 24ml (which some smokers use to transition from tobacco, according to Cig Electric) will no longer be on sale.

It’s also likely that the number of flavours on sale will drop, as manufacturers will now have to tell the Government about ingredients, and ensure that they meet safety standards.

This may dissuade manufacturers from trying out new flavours as it could be a costly process.

From today, e-cigarette advertising will be banned on TV, in magazines and on the internet – but you might still see it on buses.

Packets will also carry a large warning saying, ‘‘This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance’, on both the front and backs of packs.

Source – Yahoo News – Yahoo.co.uk

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