What is behind the regulation of e-cigs in the UK?
The decision to regulate e-cigs in 2016, treating this as a medical product has raised mixed feelings. The big tobacco companies blamed for forcing politicians to take action against the electronic cigarette. Yes, this was needed as the e-cig is becoming a real challenger.
Also the big pharma can be blamed for their role in raising obstacles to hamper the growth of e-cigs. The pharma industry fear the e-cig because it's killing their sales of their nicotine replacement products.
But the government is the mostly quilty as they fear a tremendous lack of tax revenues produced on tobacco sales.
The need for regulation has been projected as being essential for ensuring the safety and quality of e-cigs. But so far, their isn't any evidence that the current e-cigs on the market are dangerous. Okay, there is always a chance some unscrupulous manufacturers will sell junk in order to get rich very fast, but that's possible in every industry.
No proof that electronic cigarettes are harmful
E-cigs has proven they help customers to avoid the dangerous consequences of carbon monoxide, tar and other hazardous compounds released through the process of burning tobacco. Electronic cigarettes also have proven they actually help to quit smoking. The results were never obtained by nicotine substitutes like patches or gums. Smoking is not just an addiction to nicotine. Smoking is a ritual and a habit.
Where is the logic?
If regulating e-cigs would be beneficial to public health, one can still wonder at the real intentions of the government, which refuses to ban the by far more unhealthy tobacco cigarette.
Yes, the healthy product get restrictions, and the unhealthy product stays untouched. And all of this because of public health reasons. I don't get it.