Author: Barnaby Page

Harm-reduction strategies: how much action lies behind the talk?

Written by Barnaby Page || 1st June 2022 || Blogs |

Most tobacco companies are keen to be seen supporting the concept of harm reduction, especially through reduced-risk products like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn and pouches. But how far is their support for the idea actually having an effect on their...

Are worries over novel products distracting from the real problem?

Written by Barnaby Page || 19th May 2022 || Blogs |

Speaking at the launch of the seventh edition of the Atlas, US public health scholar Jeffrey Drope suggested that new nicotine technologies are “a huge distraction” which have “confused governments, the public health community and the public” ...

Experts, smokers and vapers to clarify UK research priorities

Written by Barnaby Page || 18th January 2019 || News analysis |

British smokers and vapers, as well as medical experts, are being asked to help define priorities for scientific research on e-cigarettes. The E-cigarettes Priority Setting Partnership project is beginning its open consultation with an online survey consisting of just...

With Trump in the White House, is Cole-Bishop necessary?

Written by Barnaby Page || 18th November 2016 || News analysis |

While many in the U.S. e-cigarette world hope that the Cole-Bishop proposal to change the FDA’s grandfathering date could be the industry’s salvation, at least one commentator believes it should be abandoned in the light of Donald Trump’s...

Smoking, vaping, free will, demonic possession and tax

Written by Barnaby Page || 2nd September 2016 || News analysis |

Nearly all smokers would be better off moving to lower-risk alternatives than giving up nicotine completely; taxing e-cigs has no rational justification; society should be prepared for more non-smokers to take up vaping; and tobacco control is often...

TPD compliance: what to test and how to test it

Written by Barnaby Page || 17th August 2016 || Regulatory reports |

The EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) demands that manufacturers supply information on the ingredients and components of e-cig products, as well as testing ingredients and carrying out toxicological assessments – but it is vague on the detail of...

Video presentation: disharmony and the EU TPD

Written by Barnaby Page || 30th June 2016 || News analysis |

At June’s Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, ECigIntelligence editorial director Barnaby Page took a look at some of the inconsistencies that are emerging in European regulation of e-cigarettes despite the standardisation imposed by the EU Tobacco Products Directive...

U.S. vape stores: how the top five chains compare

Written by Barnaby Page || 28th June 2016 || Market reports |

Our analysis of the top five vape store chains in the U.S. reveals distinct patterns in geographical distribution, and offers some insight into how these chains are evolving against the background of a maturing...

Sharp increase in Canadian vaper numbers and sales

Written by Barnaby Page || 27th June 2016 || Market reports |

In this report we look at Canada, a market-oriented, high-tech industrial society in the trillion-dollar class with high living standards. There are no federal laws related to e-cigarettes – despite calls to clarify a confused situation – so...

Third Indian state bans e-cigs, citing youth addiction

Written by Barnaby Page || 21st June 2016 || News analysis |

The Indian state of Karnataka has become the third to ban e-cigarettes. It follows Maharahstra and Punjab in what appears likely to become a subcontinental trend, as India’s tobacco control tightens and grave concerns about the health risks...

Full version of EU’s Common Entry Gate is now online

Written by Barnaby Page || 16th June 2016 || News analysis |

The EU’s Common Entry Gate for e-cigarette product notifications is now fully up and running – and manufacturers who used the interim version launched in May have only until 24th June to transfer those submissions onto the new...

Opinion: how big is the risk of diacetyl litigation?

Written by Barnaby Page || 26th May 2016 || News analysis |

Plaintiffs’ attorneys in the U.S. are always on the hunt for a new target to sue. And, having had some success suing diacetyl manufacturers over workers’ exposure to the chemical in microwave popcorn plants, attorneys are now beginning...

Right on deadline, Ireland transposes the TPD

Written by Barnaby Page || 20th May 2016 || News analysis |

The Republic of Ireland has succeeded in transposing the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) at the eleventh hour, with recently-appointed health minister Simon Harris signing the necessary regulations to come into force...

PMTAs can use many kinds of scientific support, FDA says

Written by Barnaby Page || 10th May 2016 || News analysis |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes most e-cigarette manufacturers will need to conduct fresh scientific research in order to obtain authorisation for their products under the newly-published deeming regulations – but not necessarily full-blown clinical...

Deeming regulations: no more store-branded e-liquids?

Written by Barnaby Page || 6th May 2016 || News analysis |

The era of vape stores producing their own e-liquids is likely to come to an end after the introduction of the deeming regulations in the U.S., the agency responsible for them predicts. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

FDA faced hard decisions, criticism in crafting regulations

Written by Barnaby Page || 5th May 2016 || News analysis |

Striving for science-based policy-making in the deeming regulations, the FDA faced a tough task in attempting to corral the rapidly-developing and often contradictory data on e-cigarettes at the same time as it was dealing with pleas and criticisms...

Is there still hope for Spanish online retailers?

Written by Barnaby Page || 22nd April 2016 || News analysis |

The future of retail channels in the Spanish e-cigarette market may hang in the balance as the government approaches a final decision on whether to prohibit online sales, according to a new ECigIntelligence...

It’s not just the TPD: Europe has voluntary standards too

Written by Barnaby Page || 30th March 2016 || News analysis |

While most of the European e-cigarette industry’s attention is focused on the imminent regulatory upheaval brought about by the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), another set of compliance requirements are also growing in number – those dictated by...

Robert Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th February 2016 || News analysis |

Robert Califf has been confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency which will spearhead federal regulation of e-cigarettes when it releases its long-awaited deeming...

Denmark scales down plans for public vaping restrictions

Written by Barnaby Page || 22nd January 2016 || News analysis |

Denmark’s government has had second thoughts about imposing a strict, tobacco-style regime on vaping in public places. A new draft of wide-ranging legislation which will make e-cigarettes available as consumer products, transpose the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive...

Implementing the TPD: how far to the finish line?

Written by Barnaby Page || 31st December 2015 || Market reports |

As we move into 2016, nearly half of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) have made little apparent progress in transposing its Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into their national law – despite the May 2016...

Big Tobacco encouraged by research on heat-not-burn

Written by Barnaby Page || 7th December 2015 || News analysis |

Are big tobacco companies starting to favour heat-not-burn technology over e-cigarettes? While none has shown any signs of overtly stepping away from e-cigs, and such a move is unlikely, much enthusiasm and investment within the tobacco industry seems...

Opinion: the fortunes of the e-cigarette industry in 2016

Written by Barnaby Page || 2nd December 2015 || News analysis |

The e-cigarette world in 2016 will be overshadowed by regulation. But the story will not just be about compliance. The market and the products themselves are rapidly evolving even without the influence of law-makers. So requirements like the...

E-cigarette regulation in Germany: the draft TPD plans and beyond

Written by Barnaby Page || 14th October 2015 || Regulatory reports |

Introduction • Regulatory landscape • Current national regulatory framework • National regulatory framework post-TPD • Age restrictions • Product restrictions • Ingredients • Labelling and packaging • Product notification • Annual reporting • Vigilance • Retailing • Public...