Great Britain’s Royal College of Physicians is taking a swipe at American public health officials. In a recent announcement, the highly regarded UK medical group not only supports the e-cigs and vaping industry, it states that the doctors should be urging their smoking patients to embrace it. By taking such a strong stance, the opinions of the royal doctors are in direct opposition to those of the CDC and the FDA from the United States.
But Brits have their own worries. The controversial Tobacco Products Directive, otherwise known as TDP Article 20, is about to take effect on May 20. While many vaping advocates are trying to get the British courts to rule the bill as unconstitutional, the legislation is very much like the U.S. regulations proposed by the FDA. They will essentially regulate nearly every aspect of the UK vaping industry in some regard.
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While the currently proposed FDA e-cig regulations of the United States want all vaping products to undergo an extensive Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) process, TPD Article 20 of the UK wants its retailers to notify the EU’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) six months in advance of releasing new products on the market. The UK regulations also want to place a limit on the amount of nicotine and bottle sizes of e-liquids, the size of vape tanks, and even several forms of online and offline advertising.
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When the CDC was contacted for a statement about the report issued by UK medical group, they officially wouldn’t comment, although a representative did reiterate the agency’s current stance,
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Meanwhile, John Britton, Leader of the UK committee, believes that e-cigs and vaping technology have the potential to cut the worldwide smoking population by 50% or more. While he admits that the technology is not being currently manufactured to UK “medicines standards,” he also states that the potential harm from electronic products would rarely exceed 5% of the cancer-causing tobacco varieties.
While the UK seems to be embracing the positive popularity of e-cigs, the U.S. agencies seem to be focusing on the potential and unproven negatives. The report from the UK medical group also acknowledges Big Tobacco’s role in the vaping controversy, stating that the tobacco industry is intentionally trying to “exploit” e-cig products to gain a stronger grip on the smoking public.
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