The United States and the European Union have always advertised that their strict standards for products are responsible for the health of the public. As a product with "unknown risks", e-cigarettes have always received "special attention" in terms of regulations, standards, and policies in the European Union and the United States.
The FDA's standards and measures and the European Union's TPD have restricted almost every part of e-cigarette products, and even the capacity of e-liquid has related regulations, which are not allowed to exceed 2ml.
What's more, considering that the taste of e-cigarettes may attract more teenagers, the FDA is starting legislation to prohibit the addition of flavors to e-cigarettes. Every punch is hitting the most important "acupoints" of e-cigarettes. If you attack your most important organs, you can't be killed at that time, but you won't live long either.
From the first e-cigarette to the market until today, countries have always been looking for the harm caused by e-cigarettes to the human body.
E-cigarettes are very simple, with just a few simple accessories, and there are only simple ingredients such as essence, base liquid, and nicotine in the e-liquid. However, fifteen years have passed, and with the current level of technology, human beings can travel to space. Yes, but so far, there is no definitive conclusion on e-cigarettes. This phenomenon is very puzzling.
On the contrary, some out-of-context inferences and even conjectures with words such as uncertainty, possibility, and maybe have been widely advertised by major media, making the public's attitude towards e-cigarettes seem like a scourge.
On the street, people often cover their noses to avoid the smoke of electronic cigarettes. Even smokers will subconsciously avoid electronic cigarettes in smoking areas. 7 times more poisonous" e-cigarettes.
In stark contrast, the phenomenon of "marijuana legalization" is very similar to the dangers of e-cigarettes, but the results are completely different.
Whether marijuana is addictive and whether marijuana can cause harm to the human body has also been the focus of controversy in the medical field for many years. The harmless and harmful theories have always been at loggerheads, and neither can produce definite evidence to prove that they can convince the other.
But the United States has been promoting the legalization of marijuana and finally succeeded. It is called "recreational marijuana". ".
At this time, the FDA and related organizations, which are known as being responsible for public safety, have collectively "lost their voices". Even the "teenagers" issue that is currently on the cusp of the storm has no voice to criticize. Aren't they afraid of "marijuana legalization"? "Will more minors and teenagers become "addicts" because of this? You must know that e-cigarettes are gradually restricted amidst the above-mentioned concerns and even face removal from the shelves and the prohibition of adding flavors to "plain water" The quandary of taste.
Europe and the United States have shown their attitude towards marijuana and electronic cigarettes with practical actions: marijuana, not electronic cigarettes!!!
According to the statistics of "Flush" in January 2018, 29 states and the District of Columbia have "legalized medical marijuana" in the United States, 8 states have "legalized recreational marijuana", and Massachusetts and Maine are drafting related bills, It is expected to expand the number of states that legalize recreational marijuana to 10! Another 23 states support "recreational marijuana legalization."
The data also shows that, according to estimates from relevant data, the annual income of recreational marijuana in only one place in California is as high as 5 billion U.S. dollars! This alone will increase state government tax revenue by 1 billion U.S. dollars!
Just yesterday, on October 17, 2018, another country legalized recreational marijuana. Canada's liberalization bill came into effect. People took to the streets and smoked marijuana in broad daylight to celebrate... On the other hand, with electronic cigarettes, The situation is quite the opposite.
An official of the European Commission said recently that the EU remains "cautious" about new tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and is still collecting data on their impact on public health.
Deputy Director-General for Health and Food Safety Martin Seychell believes preventing addiction should be the main goal of public health.
"We should promote the concept that people shouldn't be addicted in the first place, in short, prevent addiction."
"Tobacco consumption still causes a large number of easily preventable deaths. Especially with regard to novel tobacco products, the legislation is very clear and we have taken a cautious approach to these products," he emphasized.
Some anti-smoking researchers in Europe have criticized the actual effect of the EU TPD on harm reduction. After the introduction of the TPD in the UK, many public health experts feared that "long-term smokers" who had converted to vaping would return to smoking under the TPD restrictions, and sadly, recent data suggest that this is happening. occur.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO), which once highly endorsed the "nicotine replacement law", now favors stricter regulations than the European Union.
The organization has been criticized for not considering the positive scientific data and facts that vaping is beneficial for harm reduction, and for praising countries that have imposed unjustified bans on vaping.
E-cigarettes are considered "less harmful" than regular cigarettes in the EU, but Seychell is still urging the public to exercise caution and not use the devices as a smoking cessation tool.
"We have introduced pre-market notification in the TPD so that a product must be notified to the authorities before it is placed on the market," he added.
"Member states can also approve on a case-by-case basis, and if they feel and have evidence that these products hurt public health, they can ban these products."
What is the real data?
In the UK, e-cigarettes and new types of tobacco are recognized as smoking cessation tools.
Statistics predict that in just five years, only one in ten British people will smoke, with a downward trend between 8.5% and 11.7%, which means that the UK may become a smoke-free society by 2030.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 400,000 people quit smoking in the UK last year alone, bringing the number of smokers down to around 6.1 million, or 14.9% of the population. This is down from 15.5 percent in 2016 and 19.8 percent in 2011.
In our country, marijuana is still defined as a "drug". Which one is more harmful, marijuana or electronic cigarettes? The answer is obvious.
However, the current practice in Europe and the United States is puzzling. The real legalization of drugs, while the electronic cigarettes that are used to reduce the harm of tobacco, are about to be strangled by too strict policies and regulations. No one pays attention to the actual harm-reduction effect of electronic cigarettes. , but has been working hard to find evidence that e-cigarettes are harmful to the human body, and "take a cautious attitude" when no evidence is found. Perhaps in this contest, e-cigarettes are destined to be losers, because the rule makers have their standards.