It’s been an eventful Month of May for the global vaping industry, and the surge of new legislation from governments all over the world can be very confusing for retailers. While the U.S. is facing new FDA e-cig regulations that may very well wipe out the entire industry, the European Union (EU) is about to undergo the implementation of the more supportive but still bothersome Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Meanwhile, hospitals in Scotland and Nottingham are taking an entirely different approach.
In late April, executives at the Vale of Leven Hospital were the first to lift the ban on e-cigs being used on hospital grounds. E-cigs can now be used by all medical staff, patients, and their visitors as long as they engage in the activity outside of the building and away from hospital entrances. Why the sudden change of heart? According to Dr. Emilia Crighton, Director of Public Health for the hospital’s governing intuition The NHS Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland wants to encourage everyone to quit smoking, and e-cigs seem to be the healthiest and most effective way.
“We have seen the percentage of people who smoke fall from 37.5 percent to 25 percent over the last 10 years. I believe allowing e-cigarette use is the next tool in that fight and it will play a role in reducing that figure even more….Our smokefree services are designed to help people identify an approach that works for them. Over the last five years, more than 150,000 people have used our Smokefree Services and this method can be used to manage nicotine withdrawal while smokers work towards quitting altogether.”
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Nottingham joins in the debate.
Just hours before the release of the new FDA e-cig regulations, the UK’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publically stated that use of electronic cigarettes should be welcomed and encouraged by national governments rather than banned and demonized. The RCP is a very highly regarded institution in Great Britain, and local hospitals took its statements very seriously.
On May 11, almost one week later, the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust decided to follow Scotland’s lead and the advice of the RCP by lifting restrictions on the use of vaping products on its grounds, as well. But Nottingham went even further, stating that vaping devices will one day be licensed as a medication ingestion device, and that all governments should be taking a more serious role in the future development of the fledgling industry.
Strangely, this is an argument previously proposed by a U.S. Congressman, Duncan Hunter, a.k.a. The Vaping Congressman. While Hunter’s arguments were typically brushed off by his American political colleagues, his British counterparts seem to be agreeing with him.
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