UK vs. FDA e-cig regulations: Two very different approaches
For those who love a good conspiracy theory, it is interesting to note that the recent announcement of the FDA e-cig regulations and the UK’s TPD Article 20 occurred within hours of one another, even though the two nations have an entire ocean between them. While both seem to be classifying vaping and e-cigs as tobacco products, the two forms of legislation are still worlds apart.
How can two different federal governments review the same scientific research and come up with such vastly different conclusions? The difference seems to be related to their opposing perceptions of “public health.”
UK research has been boasting for almost a year that vaping and e-cigs are 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes. In fact, the Royal College of Physicians recently came out just last week with a statement that all national governments should be promoting e-cigs rather than trying to destroy them. If the politicians truly had the issues of public health in mind, they would be encouraging people to switch to vaping immediately.
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FDA e-cig regulations target teen smoking
Meanwhile, the FDA e-cig regulations seem to be blaming teen smoking on the vaping industry. By painting vaping as a gateway to teen smoking, the FDA is essentially demonizing the entire industry, one that actually saves lives from cancer-causing cigarettes rather than destroys them. While the UK talks about public health in a positive way, the U.S. and the FDA seem to have twisted the entire notion around to somehow benefit Big Tobacco.
While both the FDA e-cig regulations and the UK’s TPD Article 20 place restrictions on the vaping industry, the UK legislation seems to simply want to be involved in the sales and distribution process. The FDA’s regulations seemingly attempt to abolish the industry completely. Europe wants to regulate nicotine strength and bottle sizes. The United States wants to charge vendors millions of dollars for product approval, which is tantamount to placing a financial “gun to the head” of the entire industry.
Clearly, the UK currently has more of an interest in public health than the FDA. In fact, TPD Article 20 applies to the entire European Union which consists of 27 other countries, all of which seem to have public health in mind. Meanwhile, the FDA e-cig regulations and the ensuing government-issued propaganda seem to be pulling on the heart strings of the American Public by nudging them to somehow believe that vaping kills kids. Unfortunately, this kind of nonsensical fear tactic almost always works.
Why is the U.S. so dead-set against vaping? By outward appearances, it seems to be all about the money. But perhaps this surge in international interest will create some real dialogue and unbiased government research in the very near future.
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