Taxes on vape products and bans on e-liquid flavours
Is the vape world wavering under the weight of the states? In several countries, laws have been passed to impose severe restrictions on vape professionals. Laws that suit the tobacco lobby! Indeed, since the announcement of the ban on the sale of flavored e-liquids that will take effect in Nova Scotia (Canada) soon, many vapers are likely to be tempted to return to cigarettes (nearly 30% according to a survey by Abacus Data).
Canada and the restriction of e-liquid flavours is not an isolated case. In Denmark, the Parliament has approved the "Tobacco Action Plan", which will ban the sale of flavoured e-liquids from April 2021, with the exception of classic (tobacco) and mint flavoured ones. A tax on e-liquids will be applied in 2022, increasing the price of a 10ml bottle of liquid from DKK 30 to DKK 50, an increase of over 66%. This is enough to raise doubts in France about what is likely to happen with the TPD 2021!
When I discovered the vape in 2010, I quickly grasped the positive impact that the electronic cigarette could have on the health of smokers and their surroundings, but also on the environment. I am happy to be able to participate via Nicovip in the fight against smoking! Personally, I appreciate the mods with clean lines like the beautiful box Gen S 220W Vaporesso. As for vape juice, I swear by organic e-liquids and complex flavors. All without nicotine! From time to time, I enjoy vaping CBD to enjoy a moment of relaxation in peace!
A report sceptical of the vape
Not surprisingly, the conclusions of the SCHEER report are on the whole very similar to those of its first version dating from September 2020 and unfavorable to the electronic cigarette.
The first point that we note: the electronic cigarette has not yet proved its worth in smoking cessation, for the reduction as for the cessation of smoking. The position of the SCHEER on this subject is on page 2 of the report. It can be translated as follows:
"Regarding the role of electronic cigarettes in smoking cessation, the SCHEER concludes that there is little evidence to support the efficacy of electronic cigarettes in helping smokers to quit, while the evidence about smoking reduction is assessed as weak to moderate."
With this statement, the scientific committee contradicts some of the data obtained in the Eurobarometer 2021, the report on which the European Commission based its arguments for the action levers chosen for its cancer control plan. This is a bit of a stretch!
The Eurobarometer 2021 indeed shows that a policy of risk reduction with promotion of vaping is more effective than another that does not promote the electronic cigarette as a tool for smoking cessation. The figures speak for themselves: the United Kingdom is far ahead of other European countries thanks to its anti-smoking policy that puts vaping to good use. The country has only 12% of smokers. The figure for France is 28%. A gap that would be worse by tightening restrictions on smoking in France as in other countries of the European Union. The electronic cigarette has indeed allowed 2.2 million French smokers to leave tobacco, and 700,000 others to reduce the risks to their health by vapotage daily, as recalled by Aiduce in an article of April 18, 2021.
The evidence of the effectiveness of vaping in reducing smoking, although numerous, seems to mysteriously escape the SCHEER. Numerous independent studies exist internationally and demonstrate that vape is more effective than other nicotine substitutes. For example, we have already presented the latest report from Public Health England in this article. A document that proves a correlation between the use of vaping in smoking cessation and the success of smoking cessation, and concludes that the electronic cigarette is more effective than nicotine substitutes in stopping smoking.