Electronic Cigarette Users Unite to Send a Powerful Message to MEPs
Smokers have been banished from most public places, forced to nurse their addiction in private or outdoors. But what about vapers, the name for people who draw on electronic cigarettes that spew no actual smoke? Instead, they inhale and then exhale e-juice as a vapor containing liquid nicotine, flavored with such tastes as fresh tobacco and cotton candy. Should they be subject to the same restrictions? FOR THE RECORD: E-cigarettes: An article in the July 6 Saturday section about the debate over the use of electronic cigarettes omitted the first name of John “JJ” Jenkins, owner of the Vapor Spot in Westwood.
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FDA faces important decisions on regulation of e-cigarettes
Furthermore, the FDA must decide how marketing should be regulated in the context of potential benefits and population risks. “This includes deciding the legal age at which minors can purchase the products and other possible access restrictions, as well as evaluating the appeal of the marketing to youth,” the authors wrote. Currently, there are more than 250 e-cigarette brands, each of which uses different liquid nicotine solutions, additives and flavorings.
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Writing to Matthias Groote MEP, the e-cigarette users state that they are genuinely concerned that proposals to regulate e-cigarettes as a medicinal product and to ban flavourings will effectively constitute a ban on a product they use as an alternative to deadly tobacco cigarettes, an opinion supported by the European Parliament’s own Legal Affairs committee. David Dorn an e-cigarette user from the United Kingdom said, “E-cigarettes are not a medicinal product and as users we do not see ourselves as ill or in treatment; we are not. Users do however enjoy the benefits of using nicotine, and nicotine when not combined with cigarette smoke is relatively harmless. I hope that MEPs will vote this week to either remove e-cigarettes completely from the Tobacco Products Directive or that they will ask the Commission to go away and do a lot more research, fund some unbiased studies and come back in two or three years and report on the situation at that time. Policy makers will then have a lot more information at their fingertips to make a decision that is not going to result in 700,000 lives per year being terminated early because MEPs voted to effectively ban e-cigs as they currently are from the market in Europe.” The key health benefit of e-cigarettes is determined by how many smokers switch to them or use them as a staging post to quitting completely.
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