US cracks down on e-cigarettes, how about the UK?

by:WOYU     2020-04-28

While the United States scrambled to quit smoking, Britain accepted e-cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers quit smoking addiction. 

The Royal College of Physicians explicitly requires doctors to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible” to people who try to quit smoking. The public health recommendation in England is that smoking accounts for only a small part of the risk of smoking. US public health officials have adopted a more cautious attitude and have been slow to regulate e-cigarettes. However, this warning caused alarm because the surge in e-cigarettes among young people prompted the federal government and some states to take measures to ban attractive fruit and mint flavors for young people. Today, there are hundreds of vapers in the United States with mysterious lung disease cases. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people consider not using e-cigarettes, especially those using THC. This compound causes high incidence of cannabis. Dr. John Britton, director of the British Tobacco and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, said the US response was 'completely crazy.' 'The reality of smoking is that if you tell people to stop smoking, they will go back to tobacco and tobacco to death.' Regulations on e-cigarettes vary from country to country, resulting in a series of policies. More than 30 countries have completely banned e-cigarettes; India stopped selling this month. 

Many European countries (including Austria, Belgium, Germany and Italy) classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products and strictly control them. Under looser rules, they are mostly sold as consumer goods in the UK and France. Since reaching the United States in 2007, e-cigarettes are largely unregulated. It was not until three years ago that the US Food and Drug Administration had the authority to do this, and details are still being worked out. At the same time, the black market version is booming. Appearing in Congress last week, the FDA's acting commissioner was forced to explain the agency's position. Several lawmakers suggested that e-cigarettes should be completely removed from the market. Dr. Ned Sharpless said: 'We think these products are unsafe and we think they are harmful.' 'We think that no one should really use them except those who use combustible tobacco instead of tobacco leaves.' In the UK, a review by the Public Health England, an agency similar to the CDC, concluded that atomization is 95% less dangerous than smoking. Ash, the UK ’s leading anti-tobacco charity, even called for e-cigarettes to obtain drug licenses and offered them free to smokers who tried to quit smoking through a health system funded by the British government.                                

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