The UK government has decided it will ban disposable vapes and suggests it will ban vape flavours. This will trigger more smoking, more illicit trade and more workarounds. The problem of youth vaping is a non-problem and the government is reacting to a moral panic it doesn’t understand.
I responded to the Netherlands’ consultation on flavour bans: my submission [PDF]. The proposed “whitelist” approach to ingredients will amount to an almost complete ban on commercially viable vaping products. It will assist the continued dominance of the cigarette. The impact on public health depends on how current users and future potential users will respond to the measure. The government cannot just assume they will become abstinent. Simply removing one appealing aspect of one product category does not address the deeper drivers of nicotine, tobacco or substance use.
American vapers and vaping businesses will shortly enter a period of chaos and existentially threatening regulation. First will be a ban on almost all flavours. Going into 2020, the industry will be in crisis and vapers and smokers will be in danger of losing one of the most important innovations of the century. Here are twenty things you should know.
FDA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (ANPRM Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6565): Regulation of flavors in tobacco products. I have been involved in two responses.
Clive Bates from The E-Cigarette Summit U.S. 2018 My presentation from the E-cigarette Summit (US) 30 April 2018 – video (top)
Regulating e-liquid flavors – could the U.S. regulator do more harm than good and how would it know?
FDA will soon request information on proposals to make rules about what it calls ‘kid-appealing flavors’ in vaping products. Inept
Updated 7 February 2014 to include related fiasco over smokeless tobacco flavours. Updated 17 February 2014 to reflect correction of
South Africa’s parliament is consulting on anti-vaping legislation that is so extreme and ill-designed that it would, if enacted, cause more harm than good. What’s wrong with it, and who is influencing it?
Researchers were told their allegations were false, but they still went ahead and attacked a leading vaping company with baseless claims
Letter from Iowa Attorney General Miller and others, including me, to Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner. See PDF at the