One argument people often use against electronic cigarettes is that they’re unregulated. In fact that depends very much on what sort of regulations you mean. Are they regulated as medicines? No, but there’s a simple reason for that; both the makers and the users say they’re consumer devices, not medicines. They’re just gadgets that deliver flavoured nicotine the same way an espresso maker delivered flavoured caffeine. One thing vapers are very clear about is that they don’t want medical regulations to be applied.
http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm225210.htm has some great consumer updates about ecigs
Right now e-cigs are regulated like almost any other product – under British and EU law that deals with a whole range of consumer protection issues. In fact seventeen separate British laws, and an equal number of EU ones, apply. These cover everything from the electrical safety of the batteries and chargers to what can be added to the liquid and any choking hazard from small parts. Trading standards officers confiscate and destroy batches of sub-standard devices whenever they find them, but in any case any reputable company will pay a lot of attention to quality control when they buy stock. http://shfts.com/ecig-reviews/bull-smoke-brand-for-heavy-smokers/ is highly reputable, and makes sure to do just that. http://kamagrade.com/e-cig-coupons-and-discount-codes/v2-cigs/ is another brand with a very good reputation for this.
It’s sometimes argued that more regulation couldn’t hurt; after all e-cigarettes might be safe now, but wouldn’t medicines regulation make them even safer? Well yes, it probably would. Would it make enough difference to be worth the increased cost and reduced variety? Definitely not.
What many people who advocate medicines regulations don’t realise is that it can easily cost over £2 million to certify a single product, and any time something’s changed it needs a new certificate. That’s fine for a company that produces three sizes of aspirin tablet and sells ten million packs a year, but what about an e-liquid manufacturer who has a range of 300 flavours and strengths, and is struggling to pay the rent on a small city centre shop? It’s just not realistic.
Almost all vapers would be happy to see a ban on sales to under-18s, and a few support restrictions on public use, but medical regulation is a step too far. Imposing such strict standards would destroy vaping as it is now, for very little gain.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/28/health-ecigarettes-idUSL6N0OD3ZE20140528 is a warning from scientists to the WHO not to clamp down too hard on ecigs