Health

The ECigIntelligence Health hub brings together a wide range of news and opinion from around the world related to the issue of vaping and health – whether e-cigarettes are a major harm-reduction tool or a hazard in themselves.

Ireland allows vaping in workplaces, but tightens ad rules

23rd September 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
Ireland
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

The Irish government has decided not to extend the country’s smoking ban to e-cigarettes, citing the lack of evidence for harm – but the advertising self-regulatory body in Ireland has taken a slightly harder line.

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

22nd September 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Canada
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
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.

Obama names deputy commissioner Califf to head FDA

16th September 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

U.S. president Barack Obama has chosen Rob Califf, currently the deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to head up the agency.

Praise and criticism for Public Health England’s e-cig stance

11th September 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

EU
Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

British politicians this week heard praise from e-cigarette advocates for the recent endorsement of e-cigs by Public Health England (PHE), but some proponents argued that PHE’s backing was too little too late and failed to address serious short-term problems that they believe the industry faces in the UK.

E-cigarette regulation in Portugal: TPD plans become clear

6th September 2015 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Portugal
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Introduction • Regulatory landscape • Current regulatory framework • Product categorisation • Age restrictions • Product restrictions • Notification procedure • Public usage • Advertising and marketing restrictions • Cross-border sales • Taxation • Case law • Enforcement • Conclusions • Graphic: how Portuguese e-cigarette regulation will change

E-liquid additives: untangling the testing dilemma

31st August 2015 - Business briefing |

Canada
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Europe
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Technology and Innovation
Business briefing

Differing limits set by e-cigarette manufacturing associations for diacetyl and acetylpropionyl in e-liquids seem likely to lead to confusion and acrimony.

FDA rebukes tobacco firms: don’t make modified-risk claims

27th August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Companies
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds and Imperial Tobacco to stop describing some of their combustible cigarettes as “additive-free” or “natural”.

Developing nations advised to adopt pharma model

21st August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Asia
China
South America
Health
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Governments of poorer countries need to regulate e-cigarettes just as much as their wealthier counterparts, and ought to opt for a pharmaceutical model – but they may find it difficult, according to a new paper by two U.S. academics.

Uganda bans e-cigarettes in tough new tobacco law

18th August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Africa
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

The east African nation of Uganda appears to have become one of the small handful that ban e-cigarettes altogether, rolling a blanket prohibition into a stiff new tobacco control act.

E-cigarette regulation and outlook for Bulgaria, August 2015

18th August 2015 - Regulatory reports |

Bulgaria
EU
Europe
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Regulatory landscape • Current national regulatory framework • Age restrictions • Packaging and product restrictions • Public usage • Advertising and marketing restrictions • Case law • Taxation • Enforcement • The future • Graphic: how Bulgarian e-cigarette regulation will change

Family, friends influence teens’ adoption of e-cigarettes

17th August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

California
EU
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing

New studies attempting to determine causes of youth e-cigarette use have found some correlation with factors such as vaping or smoking by other household members, peer pressure, economic deprivation and ethnicity.

British health charity calls for promotion of e-cigarettes

17th August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Europe
United Kingdom
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

A prominent British public-health charity has thrown its weight behind vaping, saying that the public needs educating on e-cigarettes’ health benefits compared with combustibles.

Nicotine delivery: how much is too much?

5th August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Middle East
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing

Researchers in the U.S. have developed a model for predicting the amount of nicotine emitted by e-cigarettes, which they say could gauge the expected yield of a device before it is even built.

Leno’s Californian vaping bill comes back to life

4th August 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

California
North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

Californian senator Mark Leno’s e-cigarette bill is back, despite seeming to have died last month after a legislative committee tore out some of its most significant measures.

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15th July 2015 - Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Infographic: how regulation affects vaping prevalence

13th July 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Australasia
Australia
Belgium
Canada
Europe
France
North America
United Kingdom
United States
Health
Market Research
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Regulatory briefing

Infographic showing how the level of e-cigarette regulation in different territories appears to have an impact on vaping prevalence.

FDA bows to pressure on child-proofing and warning labels

30th June 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Technology and Innovation
Regulatory briefing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering new rules that could require manufacturers of e-liquids and other products to child-proof their packaging and affix warnings about nicotine poisoning.

In depth: the regulatory regime for e-cigs in Chile, June 2015

18th June 2015 - Regulatory reports |

Chile
South America
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Regulatory landscape • Current national regulatory framework • Product categorisation • Age restrictions • Packaging and product restrictions • Public usage • Advertising and marketing restrictions • Case law • Taxation • Enforcement

U.S. vapers favour refillables, smoke, and often feel dumb

11th June 2015 - Business briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Market Research
Business briefing

New data on the habits of vapers in the U.S. appears to back up the widely-held view that tank-type systems are attracting more consumer loyalty and providing a more satisfactory consumer experience than disposable cigalikes.

Welsh and Scottish bills presage a patchwork of UK regulation

10th June 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
United Kingdom
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Wales is likely to become the first part of the United Kingdom to prohibit vaping in workplaces and enclosed public spaces, while milder regulation has been tabled before Scotland’s parliament.

In depth: e-cigarette regulation and policy in Greece, June 2015

5th June 2015 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Greece
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

The background to Greek regulation • National regulatory framework • Age restrictions • Product and packaging restrictions • Public usage • Advertising and marketing restrictions • Taxation • Case law • The missing pieces from the TPD jigsaw • Post-TPD enforcement

Risky formaldehyde levels “won’t occur in normal use”

23rd May 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

Europe
Greece
North America
Oregon
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing

E-cigarette users are unlikely to expose themselves to the dangerous amounts of formaldehyde that the devices can theoretically produce, because these are generated only at high levels of heat that bring about a repellent taste, says new research that partially rebuts findings from earlier this year.

Formaldehyde scientists defend their work, promise follow-up

18th May 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
Oregon
United States
Health
Regulatory briefing

The academics behind a controversial study of formaldehyde levels in e-cigarettes have said that they are not opposed to the products, but are still prepared to defend their work despite criticism that it created unrealistic fears over e-cig safety.

In depth: how common are e-cig fires, and why do they start?

6th May 2015 - Market reports |

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As the use of e-cigarettes has spread, so has the number of fires started by them. But while this has raised some concerns and generated some headlines, these incidents form a small proportion of fires overall, and the risk comes mostly from poor-quality and counterfeit batteries – hazards that could be eliminated with improved regulation and consumer education.

In depth: more safety worries over e-liquid flavourings

27th April 2015 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
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Regulatory reports

E-cigarette flavours are causing concern again, but this time not over their purported appeal to youth. The latest study to stoke up worries about harmful substances in e-cigs is “Flavour chemicals in electronic cigarette fluids”, another from a group at Portland State University in the U.S.

FDA’s Zeller: youth figures don’t prove the gateway hypothesis

22nd April 2015 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
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Newly published data showing a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among U.S. children does not answer the question of whether e-cigs are a gateway into tobacco smoking, a key Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said this week.