Over the past 9 years, the electronic cigarette industry has produced over 400 different brands of choice and has become a 3 billion dollar industry. Despite the success of the ever popular vaping experience, it has not come without controversy and serious attempts of regulation.
On August 26th, WHO (World Health Organization) released a new report which contained the following regulation attempts.
- Impede promotion to non-smokers and young people;
- Minimize potential health risks to e-cig users and nonusers;
- Prohibit unproven health claims about e-cig; and
- Protect existing tobacco control efforts from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry
The report states that these regulations are needed because electronic cigarettes represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control.”
The report does state that more research is needed in various areas of electronic cigarette usage but that they are highly concerned about the advertising of many fruity and candy like flavors and believe they are a serious appeal to young users. They believe this could attract a young person to begin e-cig usage that has never even tried traditional smoking. The report also states that from the years 2008 to 2012 electronic cigarette usage has doubled among this age group.
Some other conclusions in the findings are that WHO believes there is insufficient evidence that electronic cigarettes can actually help a traditional cigarette smoker quit smoking and make the switch. WHO recommends that analog smokers be encouraged to quit through other methods of already approved treatments.
The report also states that the vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can’t be proven to be merely water vapor. The WHO also believes there can still be chemicals that could potentially harm pregnant women and adolescents.
Only time will tell what will become of these regulation attempts. There will be a meeting in October in Moscow to discuss the findings in the WHO’s report.
Whatever becomes of the regulation attempts, at Eversmoke we believe to never sell to anyone under the age of 18.