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FDA crackdown on e-liquid

The Meals and Drug Administration has opened an additional front in its war on vaping, soon after the agency announced new classifications for components. Nineteen chemical compounds typically located in e-liquid have been added to the list of “Harmful and potentially dangerous constituents (HPHC). This does not quantity to an actual ban on the chemical compounds, but it will imply a lot much more operate for liquid makers – and they’re currently becoming hammered by the price of complying with the FDA’s notorious “deeming regulations”.

The HPHC list was initial issued in 2012 and contained 93 chemical compounds located in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Now it is becoming expanded to cover vaping – and the FDA have come up with a extremely speculative list of “harmful” components.

Some of the chemical compounds on the list are currently becoming phased out by the vaping business itself. For instance diacetyl, a buttery flavouring, has been tentatively linked to an incurable lung illness (while there’s no proof it is dangerous at the levels located in e-cig vapour). Glycidol is a thermal breakdown solution of glycerol, and has been located in e-cigarette vapour. The FDA claim ethylene glycol is in some cases applied as a solvent in e-liquid it is not, due to the fact it is toxic. Diethylene glycol is also toxic it is on the list due to the fact the FDA are concerned that e-liquid may 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 every single solution they sell. Coming on major of the huge price essential to get a Pre Market place Tobacco Authorisation as essential by the deeming regs, it is specific to drive quite a few smaller sized liquid makers out of company. That, of course, is in all probability the aim.

FDA adds seizures to “vaping dangers”

In an additional blatant anti-vaping move, the FDA warned on Wednesday that it is nevertheless investigating a hypothetical hyperlink among vaping and seizures. The agency says that due to the fact 2010 it is received 127 reports of individuals experiencing seizures or “other neurological symptoms” soon after vaping – with 90 of them coming in the final 4 months.

The purpose there have been so quite a few in the final 4 months is that, in April, the FDA set out a request for reports on any one who had suffered any sort of seizure or associated incident soon after vaping. Now they assume they’ve collected adequate proof that much more investigation is required. The dilemma is they’ve cast their net a great deal as well wide, with completely predictable final results.

According to the FDA, seizures can happen at least a complete day soon after vaping. Symptoms can differ broadly and they haven’t located any hyperlink among seizures and distinct merchandise. That is due to the fact there pretty much undoubtedly is not a single. An estimates nine million Americans vape – and eight-10% of individuals will have at least a single seizure for the duration of their life. 127 reports in nine years is statistically insignificant. In reality it is pretty much surprising that so handful of individuals have reported a seizure soon after 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 more on 10 September, and unless there’s some helpful opposition prior to then it is pretty much specific to pass.

According to Berkeley City Council the aim of the law is to shield public wellness and decrease litter. It fails on each counts. Flavoured cigars and cigarettes are a tiny element of the tobacco market place – but pretty much all e-liquids are flavoured. Public wellness 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 pretty much no impact on this its major effect will be to make it tougher for present and former smokers to invest in a safer solution.

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 identical moral panic in the UK. A hysterical post in the left-wing Guardian repeats old claims about advertising and marketing to kids and blurs the distinction among teens who’ve attempted an e-cig when and the tiny quantity who vape frequently. The post offers no proof, proposes no options and basically has no point it is just hysterical scaremongering provoked by a dislike of nicotine.

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