The distinction in EU MEPs’ attitudes was extra pronounced in relation to heated tobacco merchandise and nicotine pouches.
A survey performed by ECigIntelligence and TobaccoIntelligence, the famend impartial knowledge evaluation sources for the tobacco and tobacco-alternatives industries, indicated that 70% of MEPs with some data of e-cigarettes precisely thought of them safer than cigarettes, compared to 41% of MEPs with no data of the merchandise,
“On the subject of politicians’ perceptions of recent nicotine merchandise, correct info seems to make all of the distinction,” mentioned Tim Phillips, managing director of ECigIntelligence and TobaccoIntelligence. “The MEPs with data of those merchandise usually realise that they carry much less danger than smoking – however these missing data usually don’t perceive that. The implications for coverage throughout Europe are clear.”
The survey highlighted that the distinction in MEPs’ attitudes was extra pronounced in relation to the newer heated tobacco merchandise (generally referred to as “warmth not burn”) and nicotine pouches. As regards to heated tobacco, 74% of MEPs with some data thought of it safer, however solely 32% of these missing data agreed, whereas for nicotine pouches, virtually all MEPs with data of the merchandise, 94%, thought of them much less dangerous than smoking, however 26% of these with no data of the merchandise believed them to be.
Earlier this 12 months, a workforce of researchers from France and Switzerland referred to as for modifications in laws of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise. The analysis workforce gathered the views of worldwide tobacco management and smoking cessation consultants through various surveys carried out between December 2018 and March 2020. They surveyed a complete of 268 individuals from 15 international locations, with related scientific, public well being or analysis experience. The questions included statements or suggestions about e-cigarettes and heated tobacco merchandise, targeted on 4 classes—regulation, sale, use and basic points.
The researchers gathered responses from 92 individuals within the first spherical of the survey and 55 within the second spherical. Replies about e-cigarettes indicated a basic settlement that the parts of e-liquids must be labelled clearly within the merchandise, stating an outlined agreed upon nicotine restrict. Furthermore the merchandise ought to carry a warning on the shortage of proof about long run security and potential dependancy of the merchandise.
Consultants agree that vapes must be regulated as nicotine supply merchandise
The consultants additionally tended to agree that vaping merchandise shouldn’t be regulated as client merchandise however both as a brand new class of nicotine supply. They added that the units and their parts shouldn’t be obtainable on the market basically shops however both in specialised store, tobacco shops or in pharmacies with clear restrictions for minors.