The European Union wants to heavily regulate this new e cigarette industry but is it for the sake of health or more about who makes money out of this new way to smoke?
In the EU in 2016 e cigarettes will be covered by "a new tobacco directive despite the fact they do not contain tobacco."
Liquids used in vaping sometimes contain nicotine but not in all cases; it is the buyer's choice with 0mg levels of nicotine available.
Those who oppose vaping claim chemicals used when vaping are hazardous but the jury is still out on that one.
For many smokers desperate but unable to quit smoking vaping has to be a healthier alternative surely?
In the last half of 2015 the NHS announced "E-cigarettes '95% less harmful than smoking' says report." We note that they are not 100% less harmful.
But in March 2015 "E Cigarettes were banned in Scottish hospitals."
However this week the UK government decided to go for broke. "In a UK first, regulators have issued a licence for an electronic cigarette, thereby classing it a medicine and paving the way for its prescription on the National Health Service. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has approved the use of British American Tobacco’s e-cigarette e-Voke, in a move that enables doctors to prescribe the vaping device as a smoking cessation aid."
Before you say great look again at the manufacturer.
Licensing a product from the British American Tobacco industry has to smell slightly off.
So is it about good health and what is best for the British public or is it about allowing a company that may lose some revenue if people quit smoking to get a foothold in the new-age of vaping?
You tell me!
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