According to the latest study of UK government, smoking among adults in England has continued to decline over the past 10 years and in 2019 was around 15%. Most adults use vaping products to help them quit smoking, which is bad news to traditional cigarette industry.
Vapers said that banning flavored liquids would hinder their way to quit or reduce their smoking. It could also push current vapers towards illicit products.
Similar to previous years, data from stop smoking services in England suggests that when a vaping product is used in a quit attempt, either alone or with licensed medication, success rates are comparable to, if not higher than, licensed medication alone.
Where international information is available, adult vaping prevalence in England appears to be higher than in other countries.
Current vaping prevalence (weekly or less than weekly) among young people in England has remained reasonably steady with the best recent estimates putting it at 6% of 11 to 15-year-olds in 2018 and 5% of 11 to 18-year-olds in 2019. This rate is under control. It could be worse when it comes to smoking rates among adolescents.
The author himself also finds that when a country bans vaping, its smoking rate rises a lot immediately breaking the historical glass ceiling. It’s an effective way to improve the smoking rate. The method is: Allow vaping first, then ban it to boost the smoking rate. When the smoking rate drops due to smoking control activities, allow vaping for a while, then ban it again… It creates a virtuous cycle and boosts the state’s revenue endlessly. Based on this theory, no country will ban vaping for too long.
However, smoking remains the biggest single cause of preventable death and disease and a leading cause of health inequalities. So, alternative nicotine delivery devices that are less harmful could play a crucial role in reducing this health burden. Quit smoking by vaping.
Compared with the US’s recent vape control policy, the UK’s policy is too liberal.
In 2018, the United Kingdom began to allow the sale of e-cigarettes in hospitals and provide patients with e-cigarette lounges to encourage smokers to switch from traditional tobacco to e-cigarettes and eventually quit smoking.
According to a recent Public Health Report (PHE) published in England, at least 1.3 million people have completely quit cigarettes because of e-cigarettes as British officials continue to support the reduction of tobacco harm through e-cigarettes.
In the United Kingdom, e-cigarettes exist as medicines, which predestined that it will take a completely different path from other countries from the beginning, but it is not only due to the perspective of those in power that they have such a clear perception, the complex social system and policy positioning behind this also deserve our careful consideration.
01. One of the three pride of the British people: NHS
In the hearts of the British people, there are three things that are most proud of their country: Shakespeare, the countryside and the medical system.
As a globally recognized leader in the field of health care, the British National Medical Service System (NHS), which is a universal free medical service system, has been praised by countries around the world for its “low health costs and good health performance.”
The Royal College of Physicians specifically told doctors to promote e-cigarettes as widely as possible to those who want to quit smoking. The British public health department’s recommendation is that the risk of vaping e-cigarettes is only a small part of the risk of smoking.
According to the BBC, in the northern Birmingham area of the United Kingdom, the two largest medical institutions not only sell e-cigarettes, but also set up vaping areas, which they call e-cigarettes “public health necessities.”
It is understood that the two hospitals are Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich and Birmingham City Hospital. The e-cigarette stores opened by Ecigwizard sell Jubbly Bubbly and Wizard’s Leaf products.
In order to promote the popularization of e-cigarettes, the two hospitals also set up e-cigarette smoking areas and emphasized that smoking traditional cigarettes in smoking areas will face a fine of 50 pounds. Focus: smoking of traditional tobacco will be fined!
Therefore, it is not surprising that e-cigarettes are accepted in places like the United Kingdom. Using some means (such as nicotine patches, e-cigarettes) to help people stay away from cigarettes is meaningful to people.
And as a pharmaceutical, the production and sale of e-cigarettes in the UK must follow super detailed regulatory regulations.
Unlike in the United States, the United Kingdom has strict regulations on e-cigarette advertising, and all television, Internet and radio marketing is banned. The only promotional images for e-cigarette events are usually men with beards and look boring.
From this point, it seems that we can understand the reasons for banning fruit and mint flavor electronic cigarettes in the United States. Things that are too flamboyant are indeed more attractive, even if they have never smoked, and this is against the original intention of promoting electronic cigarettes.
02. Keeping Sober Cognition: Scientific Research
More than 30 countries in the world have completely banned e-cigarettes. Some people must ask, why can’t these countries learn like Britain? The national conditions of different countries do affect policy changes, but it will not happen overnight that the perception of the entire population or the ruling class change.
In the UK, there are many institutions and scientific researchers who have long been engaged in research on cigarettes. Some specialize in the harm of second-hand electronic cigarettes to the human body, and some specialize in the effects of different flavors of electronic cigarettes on the human body …
Researchers are very aware of the role and harm of e-cigarettes, and have even come to the forefront in many research fields, such as the study of the effects of different flavors and the effects of second-hand electronic cigarettes. In contrast, most countries and regions are still at the point of “being afraid of electronic cigarettes”.
A BBC documentary, “E-Cigarettes-Miracle or Menace”, recorded a set of experiments by relevant institutions. Researchers found a group of heavy smokers, and then divided this group into three groups, giving different ways to quit smoking. , the traditional methods of quitting smoking, e-cigarette and nicotine patch.
One month later, the experimental results showed that the group that used the traditional smoking cessation method to quit smoking had the lowest success rate. Most of them failed to quit, but returned to the path of traditional tobacco.
In the rest of the country or region, most of them are busy making meaningless arguments instead of trying to practice them. To find out right and wrong, professional research is needed.
British health authorities also agree that e-cigarettes are not without risks. According to the UK Drug Administration, between May 2016 and September 2019, the agency received dozens of reports of negative reactions related to e-cigarettes.
In addition, British media exposed that some retailers sold e-cigarettes to minors without checking documents, which also caused social concerns.
But these things did not prevent the authorities from insisting on the e-cigarette. In fact, as early as the policy document of the British Ministry of Health’s “Tobacco Control Plan” in 2017, the government may intentionally liberate the e-cigarette regulations after the UK exits the European Union.
Dr John Britton, director of the University of Nottingham’s British Tobacco and Alcohol Research Centre, once said: “The response in the United States is totally insane. The reality of smoking is that if you tell people to stop vaping, they will return to the tobacco industry, and tobacco kills people. ”
03. Clear direction and positioning: quit smoking
According to statistics from the British Health Organization, e-cigarettes can increase the success rate of quitting smoking by about 50%, and can reduce health risks by at least 95% compared to cigarettes.
This data has since been widely publicized by health agencies such as the British government and the National Health Service (NHS), and has become a powerful tool for promoting electronic cigarettes to replace ordinary tobacco.
Subsequently, the British government asked the Public Health Agency of England to update the safety review of e-cigarettes every year by 2022, and to publish the review report in February every year. So far, every year’s reports still “support” the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a good method to quit smoking.
According to the British government’s plan, the aim is to eliminate traditional cigarette smokers by 2030. It can be said that the e-cigarette industry in the UK has fully entered the fast lane.
Except for medical research that proves that e-cigarettes are safe, no serious cases related to e-cigarettes have occurred in the UK in real life. Unlike the current situation of young people smoking e-cigarettes in the United States, the popularity of e-cigarettes among non-smokers in the UK has not soared. Surveys of adult smokers in the UK also show that the vast majority of people use e-cigarettes to quit traditional tobacco.
All this shows that in the UK, e-cigarettes still maintain the original intention and position of being invented-a tool to help adults quit combustible cigarettes. This has also become an important reason why British authorities have always supported e-cigarettes.
The United States bans the sale of non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products to control the trend of young people smoking e-cigarettes. But Martin Dockrell, head of the British PHE Tobacco Control Program, said that if the ban on the addition of flavors to e-cigarettes could cause e-cigarette users to re-smoke ordinary cigarettes.
For the same original intention, the United States and Britain have adopted completely opposite methods. The logic behind this is very intriguing. One is simple one-size-fits-all, and the other is systematic management that leverages strength.
Obviously, the British way is more worth learning, but their welfare system and management details are difficult to copy.
Differences in national conditions have led to today’s situation. The United Kingdom has become a “heaven” for e-cigarettes, but to put it another way, the UK is actually preparing the “end of the road” for e-cigarettes and truly giving the people a break.
Specific to the British market, starting from May 20, 2017, the UK requires that the volume of a single tank of electronic cigarettes does not exceed 2 ml; the maximum capacity of refilling vape juice does not exceed 10 ml; the nicotine concentration of e-liquid does not exceed 20 per ml Mg; nicotine-containing products and their packaging must be able to prevent children from unpacking and cannot be restored after disassembly; prohibit the addition of certain ingredients in e-liquids, including pigments, caffeine, and taurine; add new labels & warning content to the packaging; no matter the electronic cigarette device or e-liquid, all electronic cigarette products must be notified to the drug regulation bureau before they are sold in the UK.
In the afternoon of December 17, on the eve of the 2019 International Electronic Cigarette Summit, the representatives of the Electronic Cigarette Merchants Association from 7 countries including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia unanimously agreed that the World Electronic Cigarette Union Preparatory Committee was officially established.
Liu Yufeng, the full-time vice chairman of the China Electronic Cigarette Chamber of Commerce, said that the establishment of the preparatory committee will accelerate the co-construction of the International Electronic Cigarette Industry Cooperation Organization, promote the establishment of an international standard system for electronic cigarettes, promote trade facilitation, and international quality certification.
The preparatory meeting of the World E-cigarette Union is chaired by Lin Hanzhong, assistant secretary general of the China Electronic Cigarette Chamber of Commerce and vice-chairman of the E-cigarette Committee. In the future, the union or alliance will organize research and recommendations on national regulatory policies, research and exchange on industry technology trends, e-cigarette health and safety, clinical trial data sharing, Intellectual property protection, international trade circulation cooperation, international e-cigarette exhibition layout cooperation and other issues in the in-depth cooperation.
Representatives from the conference association agreed that strengthening public awareness and publicity protecting minors from e-cigarettes is a common task for everyone. It is necessary to form an alliance to promote the global development of the e-cigarette industry. As an organization and business enterprise of the e-cigarette industry, they must not only provide users with a new generation of consumer experience, but also shoulder a responsibility and mission for improving the public health and safety of e-cigarettes.
Consumers’ health, safety, and happiness are the most fundamental driving forces for the development of the electronic cigarette industry. To achieve sustainable and standardized development of the industry, global e-cigarette practitioners should reach a consensus and put the user’s health and safety and prevent the use of electronic cigarettes by minors in the first place. Increase product health and safety research and development, strengthen production process monitoring, improve product quality testing, and standardize marketing behaviors to make e-cigarettes healthier and safer.
For this reason, exploring the establishment of the World Electronic Cigarette Union is an inevitable need for joint development of the industry. In the absence of global regulation of electronic cigarettes, it is necessary to formulate general rules and labels for international markets, build bridges for communication and cooperation, and build on the basis of scientific research. They will produce higher quality products and establish a more effective market order.
According to the data provided by the Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee of the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce, the total global sales of vape/ electronic cigarettes in 2019 is US $ 33 billion, a year-on-year increase of 106.25%, which is 14 times since the industry development in 2012, and China has dominated the global electronic cigarette industry. Leading the world in terms of patents, production capacity, supply chain, technology, etc. The new business model and economic growth points of e-cigarettes have great potential value. At the same time as the rapid development of e-cigarettes worldwide, there are also diversified standards and trade frictions between countries. Superimposed problems, such as uncoordinated safety regulations, have attracted widespread international attention on how companies around the world collaborate and cooperate in self-discipline development. The establishment of the World Electronic Cigarette Union will accelerate the industrialization and standardized development of electronic cigarettes, and has far-reaching significance.
Representatives attending the preparatory meeting were John Dunn, Chairman of the Board of the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), Tony Abboud, Executive Director of the American Vaping Technology Association (VTA), Eddie, Secretary General of the Indonesian vaping association (APVI), and German chairman of the vaping trade association (VDEH) Michael, Chairman of the Korean Electronic Cigarette Association (KECA) Zhang Xiaojin, Senior Member of the Malaysian Electronic Cigarette Association Zeng Nongye; Chairman of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee of the China Electronic Cigarette Chamber of Commerce Ou Junbiao, Executive Vice President Huang Guihua, Secretary-General Weinuo, et al.
On December 16, 2019, Mr. John Dunne, chairman of UK Vaping Industry Association, paid a special visit to Shenzhen E-cigarette Chamber of Commerce, which is located in the headquarters of Boton Group. Mr. John Dunn and Mr. Zhang Yonghong, chairman of Shenzhen E-cigarette Chamber of Commerce held cordial and friendly discussions and exchanges, and both sides reached and signed the Strategic Cooperation Agreement.
Chairman John Dunne said, “I am very happy to come to Shenzhen E-cigarette Chamber of Commerce, which is also a return visit after President Zhang’s visit.UK Vaping Industry Association has established a good relationship with electronic cigarette organizations around the world, including Shenzhen E-cigarette Chamber of Commerce. I hope that through this in-depth exchange, our relationship will be closer, and we can further form a consensus to meet the challenges faced by the e-cigarette industry, and we can make some useful work for the healthy and orderly development of the e-cigarette industry.”
Finally, in a warm and cordial atmosphere, the two sides formally signed the strategic cooperation agreement and gave each other certificates.
The news of e-cigarette brand entering British hospitals has been taken as a positive case by all kinds of e-cigarette practitioners in the world. E-cigarettes have always been very low-key in Britain, and the attitude of the British government is obviously different from that of the FDA authorities in the United States.
In recent years, many of the strong support for the domestic and foreign electronic cigarette industry comes from the United Kingdom.
For example, Luo Yonghao quoted for FLOW that “reasonable estimates show that electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful to health than traditional cigarettes”. With the help of smoking cessation services, it can help most smokers quit smoking altogether, ” according to many years of research by the British Ministry of Public Health.
The famous “Cotton Ball Experiment” in the British BBC documentary “Electronic cigarette: Miracle or Threat” makes the public realize the difference between cigarette burning and electronic cigarette vaping very intuitively.
In Britain, e-cigarettes are no more than seven times as toxic as cigarettes. E-cigarettes do not kill casually. E-cigarettes do not easily induce minors. The Prime Minister does not repeatedly mention e-cigarettes in the social media. Most importantly, when official agencies analyze the pros and cons of electronic cigarettes, they always compare them with burning cigarettes. Most of these up-to-date research reports are used to demonstrate the detrimental effect of electronic cigarettes on cigarettes.
Therefore, it is no mistake to say that Britain is the gospel of electronic cigarettes.
British Tobacco Control: Smoking e-cigarettes is OK, but not cigarettes!
In fact, it is policy that can create a good environment for e-cig good word-of-mouth.
First of all, Britain is a country with strict smoking control. The public health problems caused by burning cigarettes are the same as most countries in the world, and the actual anti-smoking campaign in Britain can be considered very strong. According to a 2007 British statistics, among the 30 major European countries, the UK has the broadest range of tobacco control measures, including price control, resources for tobacco control, and treatment for quitting smoking.
Since 2007, British authorities have banned people from smoking cigarettes in any enclosed environment (except in designated rooms in some hotels, nursing homes and prisons).
In addition, the British authorities have always believed that electronic cigarettes are a harmless way to obtain nicotine.
In 2018, members of the House of Commons applied to the government for the inclusion of e-cigarettes in the NHS medical prescriptions, which means that smokers who need to quit smoking can obtain e-cigarettes through health insurance.
The conversion rate of electronic cigarettes among British traditional smokers is also relatively high. Since 2010, the number of smokers using electronic cigarettes has continued to rise. In 2018, about 20% of the old smokers have converted to electronic cigarette users, while 60% of the old smokers have contacted and tried to use electronic cigarettes.
More than 95% of the current e-smokers in Britain are old smokers who have smoked traditional cigarettes, and the attraction to non-smokers is low.
For electronic cigarettes, there has never been a legal order prohibiting smoking places, whether indoor or outdoor. But many places will have self-reliance rules, restricting users of electronic cigarettes to swallow clouds and smoke at will, bothering others. These venues include: all airports and airplanes, all railway stations and trains, subway, museums, art galleries, etc.
It is worth mentioning that smoking electronic cigarettes while driving requires careful consideration. It’s very likely that you’ll be parked by cops and fined nine points (12 points every three years for holding a British driver’s license) plus a fine of 2500 pounds. This is completely different from the use of electronic cigarettes when driving in our cognitive range. Because in a high-speed car in the smoke, is tantamount to putting yourself and others in danger at the same time. (So if you must smoke electronic cigarettes while driving in the UK, it is recommended to smoke a pod vape instead of a box mod, and to ensure that every mouthful of cigarettes is puffed out of the window.)
In short, electronic cigarettes are relatively unrestrained in the UK, but it does not mean that they can “set themselves free” completely. Compliance with specific rules in different places is the basis.
Application, Review, Regulation
The European Union Tobacco Products Direction (TPD) was fully implemented in May 2016 to regulate the manufacturing, design, packaging, sales and advertising of all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes.
E-cigarette products to be marketed in the UK need to comply with Article 20 of the EUTPD standard and be subject to the full supervision of the Medicines & Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
TPD rigidly stipulates that the nicotine content of electronic cigarettes should not exceed 20mg/mL, that is, 2% of the nicotine content (this figure is 24% before 2017), and that the volume of the vape juice container should not exceed 10mL, and that the pod and disposable products should not exceed 2mL.
On the packaging, all e-liquid products need to be clearly marked with the contents and warnings on the packaging.
Any e-cigarette products entering the EU market need to be strictly tested, including e-cigarette emissions analysis, e-liquid composition analysis, nicotine emissions, production processes and so on. Caffeine, pigments, taurine and other ingredients are strictly included in the illegal ingredients.
This series of audits takes about six months and is subject to approval by the UK Drug and Medical Products Regulatory Agency before going public.
E-cigarette advertising depends on buses
According to the requirement, even though the British government has publicly recognized e-cigarettes, no brand of e-cigarettes can publicize its products directly or indirectly through television, publications, audio broadcasting, offline activities, name sponsorship, etc. In other words, e-cigarettes are basically the same as traditional tobacco, and no hype is allowed. Television and radio advertisements of traditional tobacco were banned by EU law in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Publications, e-mails, billboards and name sponsorship have also become history from the British Tobacco Advertising Act of 2002.
The only e-cigarette content that can be released is brand and retail websites, which must be authentic, such as product parameters and profiles. The “non-sponsored” content published on personal social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.) is also not strictly restricted.
In the UK, the only advertising platform for e-cigarettes is outdoor advertising, including cinema posters, outdoor posters, bus posters and so on.
Online media has the advantages of high speed, wide range, diverse forms and rich content. In contrast, outdoor advertising gives e-cig brands some freedom of publicity while restricts the circulation channels, so that nicotine and tobacco products reduce the “eye-catching” opportunities.
Electronic cigarettes help reduce the national medical burden
Sandwell General Hospital and Birmingham City Hospital, which legally sell e-cigarettes in the UK, are both NHS hospitals, i.e. NHS Trust Hospitals.
The universal medical service system, commonly known as “universal health insurance”, was born after World War II, emphasizing the equality of citizens and the wide acceptance of medical service, including short-term visitors and tourists. Therefore, NHS even has the name of “British National Treasure”.
In the American director Michael Moore’s documentary Medical Insider, it can be seen that British hospitals have no charge window, no cost to see a doctor, high quality medical services and so on. By contrast, the United States has high medical costs and cumbersome health care processes.
However, this enviable social welfare system benefits the people and imposes a great budget burden on government departments. In 2016-2017, the NHS budget accounted for more than 30% of the total public service budget; in 2017-2018, the NHS budget exceeded 140 billion pounds.
The BBC says that no matter how much money is invested in the NHS system, it will never be able to make ends meet.
The Health and Social Welfare Ordinance 2012 overhauled the NHS architecture, shifted responsibility for public health to the local government, and on April 1, 2013, established a new branch, the Public Health England (PHE).
Traditional tobacco, which can lead to a variety of chronic diseases and other national and government burdens, seems to have become one of PHE’s primary public health problems.
According to the British government statistics, 78,000 people die every year from smoking-related diseases. Of the inpatients, 25% were smokers. In addition, 64% of people seeking help from mental health institutions had smoking habits.
The bitter consequences of cigarettes can only be paid by the national government.
Therefore, the large proportion of traditional smokers and many health problems caused by smokers have become the reason why PHE joins hands with NHS to vigorously control smoking.
In the official five-year plan for tobacco control for 2017-2022, e-cigarettes were mentioned, saying that PHE would continue to conduct annual research on e-cigarettes, including how to better assist smoking cessation and educate relevant professionals to better serve the public.
E-cigarette lethality? The British people refused to agree.
In the past few days, the “electronic cigarette death cases” in the United States have caused social panic, and electronic cigarettes have been on the tip of the wind. Many voices in Britain: Vapers in Britain are safe.
Martin Dockrell, head of the PHE tobacco control agency, said illegal THC and some synthetic cannabinoids were the main culprits of the electronic cigarette accident in the United States. These products were often purchased from unidentified street vendors or even homemade, with no qualifications. In Britain, electronic cigarettes are very different from those in the United States. Any electronic cigarette device and e-liquid legally sold in the United Kingdom can be identified by the official MHRA website. If any unexpected situation occurs, consumers can complain directly to the Yellow Card Scheme about the bad experience of using electronic cigarettes.
There is currently no case of serious side effects caused by electronic cigarettes in the UK.
Linda Bauld, a professor at the University of Edinburgh and also a public health expert, supported the statement, saying: “Those electronic cigarettes that cause life danger in the United States can never be these conforming nicotine products on the European market. All the evidence points to illegal cannabis products, including vitamin E acetic acid.”
Paul Aveyard, a professor of behavioral medicine at Oxford University, said the cases were worrying and needed further investigation. And all official agencies in Britain prefer electronic cigarettes to cigarettes. This health advice should not be changed.
By the way, any entertainment marijuana and products containing THC ingredients are controlled substances in the UK. Medical and industrial cannabis is legal.
As part of the UK campaign against smoking, two UK hospitals have opened electronic cigarette outlets.
City Hospital in Birmingham and Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich have opened e-cigarette retail stores respectively.
This is mainly for the implementation of the comprehensive anti-smoking regulations in hospitals, replacing cigarettes with electronic cigarettes, giving smokers a way of transition and substitution.
“Smoking is no longer allowed in our places, even in cars in shelters or parking lots. The shift from smoking to complete vaping is of great health benefits. This measure aims at the long-term effect and ultimately eradicates smoking and vaping altogether.”
“No Smoking”, Britain is serious
Meanwhile, the British government has issued a new plan to ban smoking throughout the UK within 11 years.
An article in the Daily Mail reported that a leaked government plan indicated that as part of the plan, tobacco companies would have to pay for smoking cessation services for smokers, and local health services would no longer bear the cost. In addition, every pack of cigarettes must be included in a brochure on how to quit smoking.
Matt Hancock, the health minister, also plans to crack down on cheap cigarettes found on the black market and announce the plan next week, along with a green paper on prevention over treatment.
The United States has always been cautious about e-cigarettes. Unlike Britain, which vigorously promotes e-cigarettes, the United States is imposing various restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes.
Last March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a highly anticipated and concerned “guidelines” banning the sale of most pods and e-liquid in retail outlets accessible to minors.
Convenience store group CEO suggested that the ban is worsening the situation of teenagers who vape.
The proposal would ban all flavor products other than tobacco and mint-flavored e-cigarettes from retail stores that are accessible to minors, such as convenience stores and gas stations.
However, in an article on CNBC, Henry O. Armour, CEO of the National Association of Convenience Stores, points out that research shows that only 31.1% of minors who buy e-cigarettes from retailers.
A study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion in 2018 entitled “How do teenagers get their e-cigarettes and other vaping devices?” points out that most of the sources of e-cigarettes purchased by minors are adults.
Research also shows that many e-cigarettes are purchased by adults, resold or supplied to minors, more than half of the minors who use e-cigarettes are obtained through this way.
When these retail data are examined, the side effects of FDA policy become evident. Nearly one third of minors buy online, 22.3% buy in vape stores and 16.4% buy in tobacco stores. Overall, these three types of outlets account for nearly 70% of the total retail sales of electronic cigarettes purchased by minors.
There is a similar situation in Taiwan, China. Because of the ban on nicotine-containing products, sales of electronic cigarettes in Taiwan have shifted to “underground”. Only acquaintances can buy nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes from sellers. Although local police have been constantly cracking down on such sales, they often close down electronic cigarette retailers’ shops, even use force, but sales bans have made the market demand more vigorous and underground sales more common.
Through comparison, it is not difficult to see that reasonable dredging is far better than “blocking”.
E-cigarettes have been fully supported by the government in the UK, not only giving correct guidance in propaganda, but also taking relaxed measures in actual sales. This has also made the UK achieve remarkable achievements in smoking control. From the country with the highest smoking rate to the country with the lowest smoking rate in the EU, it is expected to take the lead for a comprehensive smoke-free society.
Of course, these are based on systematic research, from “Miracles or Threats” to “E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes”, which shows that the whole society of Britain has conducted relevant research and evaluation.
As early as 2014, the British Ministry of Public Health (PHE) began to study the health effects of e-cigarettes and concluded that “e-cigarettes do contain toxic substances, not completely safe, including a small amount of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, but the content of these substances is far lower than that of traditional cigarettes”.
The ban on electronic cigarettes in the United States and Taiwan not only increases the risk of teenagers’access to electronic cigarettes, but also makes it more difficult to track and control transactions. Many people have to turn back to smoking and even legalized “drugs” locally, because compared with other illegal channels, such as underground electronic cigarettes trading has increased the risk of teenagers’ access to electronic cigarettes. Compared to electronic cigarettes, those products are easier to obtain.
It is totally unbelievable to set up e-cigarette outlets in hospitals in Britain to other countries, but the British media has not criticized them, the public has not questioned them, and the imaginary chaos has not occurred. This also shows that it is not e-cigarettes that really let people regain their cigarettes, leading to various so-called social problems. It’s the people themselves.
A new study by NEJM shows that in large randomized controlled trials, vaping is nearly twice as effective as nicotine replacement therapy.
The study was carried out by a scientific team at Queen Mary College in London, UK. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive three months of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or to use electronic cigarettes for a one-year smoking cessation attempt. Subjects using NRT were free to choose or combine nicotine patches, chewing gum, lozenges and other substitutes. Subjects using electronic cigarettes could also choose the strength and taste of electronic cigarettes according to their own wishes.
The results showed that the success rate of smoking cessation in the electronic smoking group was 18% after one year, while that in the NRT group was only 10%. During the experiment, the quitting rate of electronic smoking group was always higher than that of NRT group. A year later, the symptoms of phlegm and cough in subjects who used electronic cigarettes were also significantly reduced. Among those who did not stop smoking altogether, subjects in the e-cigarette group were more likely to smoke less in one year than those in the nicotine replacement group.
At the same time, the researchers found that participants generally believed that e-cigarette products were more satisfactory than NRT drugs, but still not as satisfying as cigarettes. Given the strength limits of nicotine in the European Union, it is likely that vapers will not inhale enough nicotine each time. This has been a pain point for European consumers.
Electronic cigarettes can help quit smoking with the latest evidence
Early studies on e-cigarettes were mainly based on several single or even obsolete e-cigarette models, which were inefficient in nicotine release. But even so, previous studies have shown a corresponding effect, about the same as patches and other nicotine replacement therapies.
However, due to the lack of obvious advantages of early evidence, medical professionals have long questioned whether e-cigarette products are necessary compared with existing drug treatments.
Since the initial research, electronic cigarette technology has been greatly developed, today’s consumers can access a variety of products. Therefore, the research team broke through the traditional single designated equipment research method, allowing participants to try different products, and find a suitable one for them.
Unfortunately for this study, the EU’s vape products are limited by the size of the atomizer and the strength of nicotine. Consumers can only choose products with nicotine content less than 20 mg/ml, but in fact, they are likely to inhale less than enough nicotine each time. This has been a pain point for European consumers.
These restrictions are implemented to prevent toxicity or overuse, but they are based on inaccurate assessment of nicotine toxicity. In countries without these restrictions, such as the United States, there is no so-called problem of electronic cigarettes.
EU policymakers will face new challenges
The European Union’s TPD regulations, which were drafted in 2014 and later criticized by smokers, have never ceased to raise doubts and objections since they were formally implemented in 2016, especially when the nicotine content in q-liquid does not exceed 20mg/ml.
According to the study, EU policymakers may face new challenges to assess the potential of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit if these restrictions are loosened.
I have to say that vapors in the UK are really happy. Because the British government strongly supports smokers to switch to e-cigarettes instead of deliberately suppressing and discrediting e-cigarettes.
Because of this, in the global e-cigarette market, many historic events were born in Britain.
For example, British public health specializes in research on e-cigarettes, releasing research reports that e-cigarettes are down to 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes. British BBC News objectively reports on the safety of e-cigarettes.
Moreover, British Independent Party leader, Nigel Faraj, took the lead in smoking e-cigarettes. British Prime Minister, Cameron, publicly indicated support for the development of e-cigarettes in the UK in the Q&A, and the UK also included e-cigarettes in medical insurance to support doctors selling e-cigarette to smokers.
With these, it is enough to envy the e-cigarette users in other countries. However, the UK will further support e-cigarette users.
In order to get e-cigarette users out of the smoking area, the UK wants to set up a dedicated space for e-cigarette users.
The UK’s Department of Public Health (PHE) has issued a report stating that forcing e-cigarette users to use their equipment in smoking areas will undermine their efforts to stop smoking.
In September 2018, in the debate on the e-cigarette report of the British Science and Technology Committee, Scottish National Party member Carol Monahan said that putting e-cigarette users and traditional smokers together is equivalent to “expect a drunk in a bar to give up alcohol”.
Thanks to this series of policy environments, a recent survey by the UK’s Smoking and Health Action Group shows that the number of e-cigarettes in the UK has increased rapidly, approaching half the number of traditional smokers.
In February to March this year, the British Smoking and Health Action Group surveyed about 12,000 British adults. It is estimated that there have been 3.2 million people in the UK using e-cigarettes, more than four times that of 2012. More than half of the “e-cigarette users” are those who have quit traditional cigarettes, and 40% are trying to stop smoking.
It is no wonder that some British students have said: In the UK, you are embarrassed to go out without an e-cigarette.
Do you know? 6.3% of fires and 26.1% of fires death are related to smoking. The result of this survey was obtained by the London Fire Department this year.
According to the New Zealand Herald’s website, Mark Hazleton, manager of the London Fire Safety Organization, said the London Fire Department believes that the best way to avoid a fire is to give up smoking.
According to data from the London Fire Department, eight people in London have died from smoking-related fires in the past year. In 2013/14, there were 5,978 smoking-related fires occurring in London, injuring 416 people and killing 76 people.
This is why the London Fire Department has called for people to give up smoking.
Well, it’s not easy for a longtime smoker to give up smoking, but the London Fire Department recommended an option for the old smokers, that is the vape.
Vapes don’t show an open flame, so it is safer to place it on furniture, on the floor, on the bed and so on.
Dan Daly, an assistant commissioner of the London Fire Department, said that people often misunderstand that e-cigarettes also have the risk of causing fires. However, in fact, e-cigarettes are similar to ordinary electrical appliances. The common causes of fire are device damage or charger failure.
The London Fire Department also reminds people:
Avoid charging the e-cigarette overnight;
Don’t use damaged e-cigarettes;
Make sure to keep away from medical oxygen when using e-cigarettes.
So in general, the attitude of the London Fire Department is still very clear, that is: smoking? Don’t smoke anymore; vape? Well, you can vape anything, as long as you don’t ignite.
At the same time, the London Fire Department also hopes that landlords recommend vapes to their smokers to help them change their smoking habits. It is a trivial matter to say, but in essence, this may be a life-saving event, with a long way to go!
Below, we bring you our interpretation and a summary of the UK TOD Vaping Laws. In Europe there are many laws that have been recently put into place that restrict the freedoms of vapers. The biggest regulations in regards to restricting free vaping are the TRPR (Tobacco and Related Products Regulations) and TVPD (Tobacco Products Directive). Both are very similar with TRPR having been put into place around the time of brexit which lead to the creation of TPD for the UK. The way we vape is in danger because of these new regulations and it is important to understand what is happening so that you can keep vaping.
One of the most upsetting restrictions in both the TRPR and TPD is the size restrictions. European cloudchasers are going to have major problems with the new refillable tank size being dropped down to a puny 2mL. With this size it is going to be both incredibly difficult and draining to puff out giant clouds, and speaking of draining the legal size for refillable containers has been restricted to a maximum of 10 mL. These containers are going to be burned through quite quickly and the user is going to have to buy many of them if they want to continuously vape. Not only container sizes are being limited however the regulations limit the maximum strength of nicotine that can be present in e-liquids has been restricted to 20mg/mL. These restrictions are outrageous in how they limit the potential in our vaping.
Vaping is having problems differentiating itself from the more well known smoking of cigarettes and tobacco in general, which were popularized for many older generations by movie stars and other celebrities. This is especially evident in how they are being referred to in the Tobacco Products Directive, and Tobacco and Related Products Regulations. It is not enough for smoking tobacco to shadow over vaping the TPD and TRPR are limiting the ways in which vaping can be advertised. Vaping products cannot be advertised in 4 areas: in the press, on television programs children may see, in information services, or in sponsored events. These restrictions on advertising are bordering on ludicrous. No advertising of vaping products in the newspaper would simply be a minor inconvenience but in the press also includes publications like magazines which will impact the ability of companies to spread word of their new products that could improve your vaping. The real heavy hitter in these restrictions is the ban on advertising in sponsored events. This restriction is outright ludicrous, and causes many problems for those who wish to create large gatherings of vapers. Not being able to get sponsorship for an event will also restrict how you can advertise for the event, as you will also need to ensure that you are not creating problems with how you are advertising by making it look like you are promoting products in a way that would be illegal such as in a magazine. The governments restrictions on advertising demonstrate that they think that if no one can hear about vaping no one will get into it in the same way that people have gotten into smoking.
The next regulations being added are for the most part a mild inconvenience or a relatively reasonable safety measure. TPD and TRPR have made it so that packaging for products containing nicotine must be child-resistant and tamper evident, which all things taken into account is not a very large deal, but the TPD and TRPR also demand that loads of information be crammed into the labels of cartridges which leads to questionable legibility especially when added to a cartridge that is meant to hold 10mL of fluid in the best case scenario. Chemicals claimed as capable of causing harm in heated or unheated forms there is also a ban on which may be a problem for some thrill seekers. Even despite these new regulations however many companies which provide vaping products seem to be optimistic that they will not have to heavily change the prices of their products.
The TPD and TRPR create restrictions that are seemingly attempting to stamp out vaping before it can gain a larger following. The restrictions on size and packaging are for the most part inconveniences but the restrictions on advertising are simply draconian. Stay strong vapers and brace yourselves for the changes on May 20, 2017 when the TPD and TRPR are fully in place. We hope you have found our summary of UK TPD Vaping Laws helpful and we welcome you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.?/p>