Regulatory briefing / United Kingdom

This page covers all of our UK-related legislative news briefings and industry updates. These range from developments in vaping regulation and restrictions to new policies and tax changes. The section also offers industry updates on legal battles, governmental changes, e-cigarette and flavour ban proposals, lobby updates, etc.

Cessation evidence unclear, but second-gen devices may help

24th May 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

A new systematic review of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation is claimed to be the most comprehensive so far as it covers not only published, peer-reviewed studies – including observational research as well as RCTs – but also so-called “grey literature”, material published outside of peer review.

E-cig science: do meta-analyses really matter?

5th April 2016 | Regulatory briefing |

In the past year or so, scientists have conducted several systematic reviews that aim to analyse research evidence in order to find whether e-cigs help people quit smoking. The issue addressed by studies like these (which can also be known as meta-analyses) is, of course, one of the primary public-health and policy questions about the devices. But how much value should we place on their findings?

Opinion: public health, magical thinking and monsters under the bed

24th September 2015 | Regulatory briefing |

Counterblasts against Public Health England’s nearly unequivocal support for e-cigarettes were only to be expected, and their trajectory has been laid out by two of Britain’s most eminent general medical journals, The Lancet and The BMJ. But their arguments are neither nuanced nor practical, and are muddled by dislike of the tobacco industry.

E-cigs and dental health: a field wide open for study

22nd September 2015 | Regulatory briefing |

There has been little study or comment on e-cigs so far from professional bodies in dental health, or from dental researchers.
But that may now be changing, with increased interest from some corners of the dental profession in e-cigs’ role as potential reducers of harm to oral health.