FDA crackdown on e-liquid

The Meals and Drug Administration has opened yet another front in its war on vaping, following the agency announced new classifications for components. Nineteen chemical substances typically discovered in e-liquid have been added to the list of “Harmful and potentially damaging constituents (HPHC). This does not quantity to an actual ban on the chemical substances, but it will imply a lot extra function for liquid makers – and they’re currently getting hammered by the price of complying with the FDA’s notorious “deeming regulations”.

The HPHC list was 1st issued in 2012 and contained 93 chemical substances discovered in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Now it is getting expanded to cover vaping – and the FDA have come up with a incredibly speculative list of “harmful” components.

Some of the chemical substances on the list are currently getting phased out by the vaping market itself. For instance diacetyl, a buttery flavouring, has been tentatively linked to an incurable lung illness (while there’s no proof it is damaging at the levels discovered in e-cig vapour). Glycidol is a thermal breakdown item of glycerol, and has been discovered in e-cigarette vapour. The FDA claim ethylene glycol is from time to time applied as a solvent in e-liquid it is not, since it is toxic. Diethylene glycol is also toxic it is on the list since the FDA are concerned that e-liquid could possibly somehow be contaminated with it.

E-liquid makers and importers will now have to provide the FDA with lab test final results displaying the levels of every single of these new HPHCs in each item they sell. Coming on major of the huge price necessary to get a Pre Industry Tobacco Authorisation as necessary by the deeming regs, it is specific to drive numerous smaller sized liquid makers out of enterprise. That, of course, is most likely the aim.

FDA adds seizures to “vaping dangers”

In yet another blatant anti-vaping move, the FDA warned on Wednesday that it is nevertheless investigating a hypothetical hyperlink amongst vaping and seizures. The agency says that because 2010 it is received 127 reports of men and women experiencing seizures or “other neurological symptoms” following vaping – with 90 of them coming in the final 4 months.

The purpose there have been so numerous in the final 4 months is that, in April, the FDA set out a request for reports on any person who had suffered any sort of seizure or connected incident following vaping. Now they feel they’ve collected adequate proof that extra investigation is required. The issue is they’ve cast their net substantially also wide, with totally predictable final results.

According to the FDA, seizures can happen at least a complete day following vaping. Symptoms can differ broadly and they haven’t discovered any hyperlink amongst seizures and unique items. That is since there just about definitely is not a single. An estimates nine million Americans vape – and eight-10% of men and women will have at least a single seizure through their life. 127 reports in nine years is statistically insignificant. In truth it is just about surprising that so handful of men and women have reported a seizure following vaping.

Berkeley bans flavoured e-liquids

The university town of Berkeley, California has joined its neighbour San Francisco in banning flavoured e-liquids, beneath cover of a wider ban on “flavoured tobacco products”. The new law was passed by the city council in late July but only announced final week. It goes prior to the city council once again on 10 September, and unless there’s some successful opposition prior to then it is just about specific to pass.

According to Berkeley City Council the aim of the law is to shield public overall health and minimize litter. It fails on each counts. Flavoured cigars and cigarettes are a smaller aspect of the tobacco industry – but just about all e-liquids are flavoured. Public overall health is not protected by banning a safer option to smoking. As for litter, the council claim 34% of all litter in California comes from tobacco. This is only accurate if you count person pieces of litter, rather than measuring by weight, and the vast majority of tobacco litter consists of (unflavoured) cigarette butts. The new law will have just about no impact on this its key effect will be to make it tougher for existing and former smokers to invest in a safer item.

UK media stirs up “epidemic” fears

So far, hysteria about the “teen vaping epidemic” has been confined to the USA and a handful of authoritarian states in the Middle East and Far East. Now a British newspaper is attempting to ignite the very same moral panic in the UK. A hysterical write-up in the left-wing Guardian repeats old claims about advertising and marketing to young children and blurs the distinction amongst teens who’ve attempted an e-cig when and the tiny quantity who vape on a regular basis. The write-up offers no proof, proposes no options and primarily has no point it is just hysterical scaremongering provoked by a dislike of nicotine.

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