E-Cigarettes – Are They Regulated?

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

Electronic Cigarettes – Right product, Wrong Name?

Not long ago someone Tweeted a photograph of a poster they’d seen at a US amusement park. Allegedly the winning entry in a school slogan competition, it said:
eBooks are still books
emails are still mails

E-cigarettes are still cigarettes

It’s a clever, striking message and it certainly grabs the attention. The only problem is the last line is completely wrong. Electronic cigarettes aren’t still cigarettes. In fact apart from the fact they contain nicotine they have nothing in common with cigarettes at all – apart from the name.

There is strong words on both sides of the debate, as mentioned http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/16/strong-rhetoric-ecigarettes-debate-tobacco-quit .

The first e-cigs were made to look and feel as much like a cigarette as possible. The target market was smokers, just like it is now, and the designers thought people would be more comfortable with something familiar. That was probably true at the start, but much less so now when even compact e-cigs are made with blue or green LEDs just to make sure everyone can tell the difference. And, because they were trying to make something that felt familiar, those designers went for a familiar name.

There are some health concerns highlighted by the FDA at http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/ecigarettes-under-fire

Unfortunately it’s likely they made the worst possible choice. Smoking is now so disapproved of in the UK that just the word “cigarette” causes a visceral reaction in many people. Cigarettes are bad, they think, so that must mean all cigarettes. And if e-cigs aren’t cigarettes then why are they called that? There are all sorts of other technical terms as well, which are mentioned in http://moabc.com/e-cig-components-and-common-vaping-terms/ .

The problem is that it’s now a bit late to change the name, although people are certainly trying. “Advanced personal vaporiser” is one option; there are others, including the tongue in cheek “Personal Electronic Nicotine Inhalation System”, but none of them have really caught on. “Electronic cigarette” is just too familiar now. Try not to get caught up on it though. No matter how much you hate tobacco just remember the most important thing about an electronic cigarette – it isn’t one.