English and Austrian authorities make the first moves to help save the future of vaping.
Many experts believe e-cigarettes or vaping, which heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapor, are a lower-risk alternative to smoking but opponents say they could encourage young people to take up regular cigarettes.
This controversy has sparked countries worldwide, especially in Europe to increase the vaping restrictions and TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) regulations such as; leak- free refilling, limits on liquid capacity, limits on nicotine strength and regulated e-liquids. These proposed changes will have a huge effect on the vaping industry. Vape shops will not be able to sell the majority of the products they currently stock, the vaping products they can provide will be exponentially higher, (which of course means vaping becomes more expensive too), putting great strain on a currently flourishing industry. However it’s not all doom and gloom, there are still some hopeful advocates supporting vapers.
Public Health England say “vaping could be a game changer for persuading people to quit cigarettes, and that there is no evidence that vaping gives children a gateway into smoking.”
Public Health England decided to research into the benefits vaping can provide. Their findings were unequivocal. They concluded that e-cigarettes are “around 95% less harmful” than smoking.
Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England also highlighted; “we recognize customers are already making the choice to use e-cigarettes to stop smoking. We just want to ensure they are using the best available tools to help them quit for good.”
As a result the NHS (National Health Service) are expected to start prescribing e-cigarettes as a smoking prevention method by the end of the year. Up to 4 million people may be entitled to free e-cigarettes to help stop smoking – with about 8 million smokers across the country, and roughly 50% of the population entitled to free prescriptions. This is a great step forward for the future of vaping.
Similarly, Austria are of the same mindset. The government had proposed that: “sales of e-cigarettes should be limited to the Alpine republic’s licensed tobacconists from October to protect young people and for public health reasons.”
However the court ruled that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional, saying that the health arguments put forward were not solid enough to justify blocking the retailers’ right to trade freely and that e-cigarettes should not be treated the same as other tobacco products. You could practically hear the exhale of relief from Austrian vape shop owners and vaping customers!
However the situation in American is slightly different. In April 2014, the FDA proposed rules that would require e-cigarettes, including liquid nicotine and devices, to be approved by the agency. That would be a challenge, e-cigarette manufacturers say, because the FDA has never approved a new tobacco product. The approval for vape shop owners is so high that many will not be able to afford it, thus forcing them to close. The FDA said in a statement that “the new rules will help us learn more about these products and ultimately ensure that newly regulated products cause no worse harm to users.”
Although some countries have imposed vaping regulations, the response from both The UK and Austria will hopefully catalyze a new attitude towards vaping, preventing such strict control on the invention that is saving lives compared to the habit which is seizing them.
If you want to stand up for your right to vape you can visit websites such as: http://casaa.org/
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Ryan is a vaper, editor and content creator who spends most of his time bringing the interesting, entertaining, original and well-written articles to vapers. He believes that vaping is not only a healthier alternative to smoking, but also a great experience of life.