FDA crackdown on e-liquid

The Meals and Drug Administration has opened a different front in its war on vaping, soon after the agency announced new classifications for components. Nineteen chemical compounds usually 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 extra function for liquid makers – and they’re currently getting hammered by the expense of complying with the FDA’s notorious “deeming regulations”.

The HPHC list was initially issued in 2012 and contained 93 chemical compounds located 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 compounds 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 (even though 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 often employed 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 may possibly somehow be contaminated with it.

E-liquid makers and importers will now have to provide the FDA with lab test outcomes displaying the levels of every single of these new HPHCs in each and every solution they sell. Coming on major of the huge expense expected to get a Pre Market place Tobacco Authorisation as expected by the deeming regs, it is specific to drive quite a few smaller sized liquid makers out of company. That, of course, is almost certainly the aim.

FDA adds seizures to “vaping dangers”

In a different 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 due to the fact 2010 it is received 127 reports of people today experiencing seizures or “other neurological symptoms” soon after vaping – with 90 of them coming in the final 4 months.

The explanation 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 individual who had suffered any sort of seizure or connected incident soon after vaping. Now they feel they’ve collected adequate proof that extra investigation is necessary. The dilemma is they’ve cast their net a great deal also wide, with totally predictable outcomes.

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 amongst seizures and specific items. That is since there virtually absolutely is not a single. An estimates nine million Americans vape – and eight-10% of people today will have at least a single seizure through their life. 127 reports in nine years is statistically insignificant. In reality it is virtually surprising that so handful of people today 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 efficient opposition prior to then it is virtually specific to pass.

According to Berkeley City Council the aim of the law is to guard public well being and cut down litter. It fails on each counts. Flavoured cigars and cigarettes are a compact component of the tobacco market place – but virtually all e-liquids are flavoured. Public well being 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 correct 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 virtually no impact on this its principal effect will be to make it tougher for existing 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 exact same moral panic in the UK. A hysterical short article in the left-wing Guardian repeats old claims about advertising and marketing to kids and blurs the distinction amongst teens who’ve attempted an e-cig after and the tiny quantity who vape frequently. The short article delivers 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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