E-cigarette regulation and taxes once again on the front burner at the Capitol
Users of e-cigarettes (known as vapers) have protested, arguing that through e-cigarettes they were able to kick the tobacco habit. By Martin Banks in Brussels 4:18PM BST 14 Jul 2013 The vote was intended to make tobacco smoking less attractive to young people through mandatory warnings, minimum pack sizes, and rules on flavourings. However, the revision of the EU ‘Tobacco Products Directive’ would classify most e-cigarettes as a medicinal product, despite the fact that in the UK alone 25 percent of all attempts to kick the habit are made using e-cigarettes, making them the most popular aid. The European Commission had proposed that e-cigarettes containing 4 milligrammes or more of nicotine must be classed as medicinal products but an EU parliamentary committee went further, voting to classify all e-cigarettes as pharmaceuticals, regardless of the nicotine content. Users of e-cigarettes (known as vapers) have protested, arguing that through e-cigarettes they were able to kick the tobacco habit. They say classifying them as medical devices will mean they must undergo a costly and protracted authorisation processes before marketing.
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E-cigarettes: the new fracking
“These companies don’t really care what you buy from them as long as you continue to buy from them. They’re selling an addictive product that contains nicotine. As long as you don’t quit altogether, they’re happy.” Tobacco lobbyists are a powerful force at the state Capitol, Matheny said. According to Oklahoma Ethics Commission reports, contributions to Oklahoma state legislative campaigns from the Reynolds American Inc.
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But there are plenty of reasons to fear this is just another way to keep people addicted to the smoking industry, period. The Globe recently reported that Boston has issued 61 store permits to sell e-cigarettes since March, five times more than in the same period last year. The explosion is no coincidence. In recent months, an industry dominated by small entrepreneurs has been joined by Altria, RJ Reynolds, and Lorillard. They are getting in the game before the Food and Drug Administration can regulate them and while the medical community is divided between doctors who believe e-cigarettes should be part of harm reduction strategies to curb tobacco smoking and those who feel that no new type of smoking of any kind should be encouraged. The FDA initially tried to take the latter approach but was told by a federal judge in 2010 that it cannot ban the importation of e-cigarettes made in China.
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