In recent years, electronic cigarettes industry has developed rapidly around the world, and more and more traditional smokers switched to be a vaper. With its quick growth, people started to question the safety and legitimacy of e-cigarettes.
According to the analysis from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the smoking rate of adults in the United States has reached a record low! The smoking rate dropped from 15.5 percent in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017. In fact, about five months ago, the CDC has made it clear that Vape is indeed one of the contributing factors to the decline in smoking rates. Although there are many scientific evidences proved that e-cigarettes are much healthier than cigarettes, there are still many countries that impose strict restrictions on them.
However, more and more organizations have begun to support e-cigarettes recently. Some regions also gradually realized the practical benefits brought by e-cigarettes. More and more official institutions started to support e-cigarettes.
According to a report of the Australian, although the laws of the Australian states are different, the sales of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine are prohibited or highly restricted. However, e-cigarettes have begun to receive strong support from official and political organizations. For example, the Western Australian Liberal Party, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research).
In addition to Australia, the British House of Commons Science and Technology Committee permitted to use e-cigarettes as a tool quit smoking. And there are reports which recommend loosening the rules to use ecigs in public places.
The Israeli Ministry of Health announced a new draft regulation “Pharmacist Regulations (manufacturing and Marketing Conditions for Electronic Cigarettes) 5778-2018”. Regulations prohibit the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes and related products with more than 20 mg/ml nicotine. The nicotine concentration limit complies with the EU Directive 2014/40/EU. Concentration limits and packaging restrictions are a relatively compromised management method, that is neither indulgent, nor completely banned. And it can also guarantee the safety of nicotine to a certain extent.
According to the news released by the US Tobacco Communication Network, the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has recently released a message saying that the public is welcome to participate in the discussion of the review procedures and related policies for the application for the listing of new tobacco products. E-cigarettes is no longer to be unilaterally decided by the government. The opinion of the public has begun to be considered when government makes new policies for it. It’s a big success.
Although vape has not been accepted by the government, recent legislation and eased policies changed more and more countries’ attitude and we need more understanding. In short, this is still a relatively good news, letting more countries know and accept vape. And the understanding of e-cigarettes is more and more objective and comprehensive, which will accelerate the development of the global e-cigarette industry.