Many people already saying out loud that the new EU laws that regulate e-cigs are a white wash and will limit the ability of many smokers to eventually quit cigarettes. It is widely agreed that this is the case, so much so that 15 prominent scientists who took to investigating the real benefits of e-cigs and the supposed health consequences have accused EU regulators of misinterpreting their findings.

The scientists in question outlined their concerns in a letter to the EU’s health commissioner Tonio Borg. Those concerns being that the new EU regulations will severely limit the possibility for smokers of real cigarettes to cut down or quit altogether by switching to e-cigarettes.

“If wisely regulated, e-cigarettes have the potential to make cigarettes obsolete and save millions of lives worldwide,”

The 15 signatories go on to point out that 700,000 people a year in the EU die from smoking. The letter was also sent to the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of Ministers and also says:

“Excessive regulation, on the contrary, will [perpetuate] the existing levels of smoking related disease, death and health care costs,”

The British Medical Association has said more research is needed regarding the long terms effects of e-cig use. They went on to say:

“Better regulation of e-cigarettes is essential,” they also said “Studies have shown that they are unreliable in the levels of nicotine they provide and there’s a lack of evidence regarding their safety.”

Science based approach to lawmaking.

In the letter the scientists point to a number of errors relating to nicotine strength, the known dangers of nicotine and the assumption that e-cigs will act as “gateway products” for non-smokers and young people to become addicted.

The biggest flaw is seen as being the restriction of 20mg of nicotine per 1ml of fluid. This is because there is genuine concern that it will limit the ability of smokers to cut down or quit. The current estimation is that 20-30 percent of e-cig users prefer nicotine doses higher than 20mg.

Results from a recent ECF survey of 10,000 vapers.
Results from a recent ECF survey of 10,000 vapers.

Now I smoked for over 20 years and I tried nicotine gum, lozenges and plain cold turkey in my quest to knock smoking on the head and they all ended in failure. It was only when I started vaping with cheap e-cigs and then eventually a vaping mod that I managed to cut down and eventually quit.

One thing that’s important about my story along with countless thousands all over the world is that the high nicotine e-liquids were the only thing that kept me going. Even now, if all I have is low nicotine e-liquids within a few hours I start craving a cigarette.

I can only assume there are thousands of people like who have and are still struggling to quit but for whom the current legislation is letting slip through the net.

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Mark Griffin
Mark Griffin

Mark has worked as a Graphic Designer for over 10 years. He has been Creative Director for many companies, having delivered high level media projects to companies such as BT & Blackberry. After numerous attempts to stop smoking Mark discovered e-cigarettes. Swytch Vaping was created from a firm belief in the power of vaping.

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