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.

Battery fires burn holes in e-cigarettes’ safety reputation

7th November 2016 - Business briefing |

EU
Europe
North America
United Kingdom
United States
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Health
Regulation and Legislation
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Business briefing

A growing number of reported e-cigarette battery incidents is leaving the industry facing a serious problem despite the low statistical probability of an event happening.

WHO comes under fire for “naive” report on possible harms

7th November 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

A negative report on e-cigarettes presented by the World Health Organization to the seventh session of the tobacco control conference in New Delhi has been scathingly criticised by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which accuses the authors of the brief report of “naïvety”.

Regulation in Norway: ban on nicotine products likely to end

3rd November 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Norway
Scandinavia
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

We strongly expect nicotine-containing e-cigarettes to be legalised in Norway, where their sale has been banned until now. The anticipated move will come as a boost to the Norwegian vaping market, which has already grown by 18% since 2014.

CDC finds high U.S. adult dual use and non-smoker vaper levels

28th October 2016 - Business briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Market Research
Business briefing

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seems to indicate that there are high levels of dual use amongst U.S. vapers and a significant percentage of vapers that have never smoked conventional cigarettes.

Heated tobacco in Europe: emerging regulation for a new category

26th October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

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Europe
Italy
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Regulatory reports

This report examines the regulation of heat-not-burn (HnB) or heated tobacco products in Europe, as well as some of the broader regulatory issues that they raise. It considers their treatment under the TPD; the question of whether they are smoking or smokeless products; and issues such as labelling, advertising and taxation. A detailed case study focuses on Italy.

Italy: light-touch TPD transposition with minimal restrictions

21st October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

EU
Europe
Italy
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Italy has adopted a light touch approach to implementing the European TPD regulations, with only minimum restrictions on the e-cigarette industry. There is only a limited ban on advertising, and no restriction on public use of e-cigs. Cross-border sales are prohibited, but domestic distance sales are allowed. Our report provides a full examination of all aspects of post-TPD e-cigarette regulation in Italy.

Netherlands: TPD followed closely, but some issues remain unresolved

20th October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Europe
Netherlands
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Regulation of vape products in the Netherlands follows closely the provisions of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). But although the vaping industry is highly regulated, a few issues remain to be resolved, such as what laboratories will be accredited for product testing. This complete regulatory report examines in detail every aspect of e-cigarette regulation in the Netherlands.

Opinion: e-cig fears smoulder, but who remembers hoverboards?

19th October 2016 - Business briefing |

Asia
Canada
China
EU
Europe
North America
United States
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Business briefing

Recent news reports have lambasted hoverboards over safety concerns – prompting multiple retailers to drop listings. But is the threat over-rated? There are some striking similarities to similar news reports on e-cigarettes.

FDA demands health documents from U.S. makers and importers

18th October 2016 - Regulatory reports |

North America
United States
Health
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

Following the introduction this summer of the deeming regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), each vapour product manufacturer or importer is required to submit health documents describing the physiological, behavioural and toxicological effects of their tobacco products, current or future.

Infographic: U.S. state legislatures focus on key e-cigarette issues

14th October 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
United States
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory briefing

State legislatures in the U.S. continue to have numerous e-cigarette-related bills placed before them. Totting up the topics of those proposed laws reveals that some issues remain major concerns at state level, while others seemingly don’t trouble the politicians much.

E-cigarette researchers outraged by charities’ “threatening” letters

11th October 2016 - Marketing & retailing , Regulatory briefing |

Belgium
EU
Europe
Health
Marketing & retailing
Regulatory briefing

Scientists and researchers have said that anti-smoking charities are acting like the anti-Communist zealots of the 1950s McCarthy era in trying to keep them away from an international conference on tobacco and nicotine. One public-health expert said: “The tactic is to say ‘tobacco industry’ like senator Joseph McCarthy would once say ‘communist’ and assume that […]

Required warning statements on U.S. advertisements

23rd September 2016 - Regulatory reports |

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United States
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Marketing and Retailing
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The U.S. Final Deeming Rule requires that the advertisements of all covered tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, bear an addictiveness warning label statement. For tobacco products that do not contain nicotine, there is an alternative warning label statement for packages and advertisements.

Croatia regulatory report: TPD finally being transposed

23rd September 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Croatia
Europe
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Policy and Politics
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

E-cigarette products are in the process of being regulated in Croatia, by transposing the Tobacco Product Directive (TPD), once the government is established. We expect the Draft Act on Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products to be passed by the end of 2016, or early 2017. The delay in transposition led the European Commission (EC) to take an infringement decision against Croatia.

Smoking, vaping, free will, demonic possession and tax

2nd September 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

North America
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

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 built on a “demonic possession theory”. These are among the conclusions of a provocative new paper published by the Institute of Economic Affairs and written by Carl V. Phillips.

U.S. policy wrong on vaping and nicotine, says study

2nd September 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

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

A new study shows that youth e-cig users in the U.S. vape for flavours and not nicotine. The result has serious implications for future policy making decisions and justifications.

Russia: regulations expected by 2017

5th August 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Russia
Health
Marketing and Retailing
Regulation and Legislation
Regulatory reports

  There may be more recent ECigIntelligence reports on this territory. Please visit the home page for Russia or the advanced search page.         Executive summary   • E-cigarette products are mainly unregulated in Russia, aside from general consumer and safety regulation. • Several initiatives to regulate policy are currently being discussed at the State Duma. […]

New Netherlands study reviews danger from exhaled vapour

2nd August 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

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Europe
World
Health
Regulatory briefing

A recent study and review by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands has brought to the fore questions regarding e-cigarette vapour testing methods and the possible health risks of passive vaping. The rationale for banning e-cigs in enclosed public places falls into two main camps: ‘renormalisation’ of smoking and […]

Deeming regs: challenges to the sampling ban

29th July 2016 - Regulatory reports |

Arkansas
Georgia
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Kentucky
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New Hampshire
New Mexico
North America
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
United States
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Marketing and Retailing
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When the U.S. deeming regulations come into effect on 8th of August, the distribution of free e-liquid samples will be prohibited in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) justifies this ban as necessary for the protection of the public health but retailers believe it will undermine their profits without having a noticeable public health benefit. What challenges follow?

Making a myth: teens, e-cigs, science and the media

25th July 2016 - Regulatory briefing |

California
North America
United States
Health
Policy and Politics
Regulatory briefing

A new U.S. study claiming to show a link between youth e-cigarette use and tobacco smoking has not only been criticised by many scientists working in the field, but also demonstrates how misconceptions and misinformation on the topic of vaping spread through the media.