Time for another vaporizer news roundup, with stories touching on e-cigarette industry issues and the ongoing regulatory debate. As we’ve mentioned in the past, it’s important for those in the vaporizer and e-cigarette industry to get the latest facts and news, so we can do our part for public education. Here are some recent breaking stories we thought would be of interest to vapers.
New cigarette tax for Alabama expected to drive smokers to quit.
It’s a familiar story, but this week’s news that Alabama is imposing a $.25 per pack tax on cigarettes has observers predicting that more smokers will finally take the step to quit, with many switching to e-cigarette and vaporizer products. The state expects the tax to amount to $70 million annually. That’s lot of money being spent on a habit everyone agrees is unhealthy. Like many vapers, we think e-cigarettes are easier on your wallet as well as your lungs.
European expert advocates for e-cigarette use in hospitals.
Folks in the U.K. and Europe are sometimes ahead of the curve (or at least the U.S.) when it comes to widespread adoption – and regulatory acceptance – of e-cigarette and vaporizer technology, and here’s another example. A senior research fellow at the University of Basel in Switzerland argues that refusing the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds is actually “harming the health of patients and the wide public,” because a vaporizer is a better option than combustibles.
We couldn’t agree more. As anyone who’s ever tended to a sick loved one at a hospital knows, it’s an incredibly stressful time. The sidewalks and areas right outside the hospital are often crowded with people smoking (including doctors and health professionals!). We concur that an e-cigarette or vaporizer would be a better choice.
European vaporizer company challenging European legislation.
Another Europe-focused story caught our attention this week for different reasons: a British vaping company is challenging new European Union regulations on e-cigarettes due to be introduced next year. The challenge (sounding eerily similar to the debate here in the U.S.) states the new EU regulations are “disproportionate and inappropriate,” and will be harmful to millions of smokers who use vaporizer products in their efforts to stop smoking.
The legal challenge is an important step, as the debate rages on regarding the health effects of vaporizer use.
Fraser Cropper, the company’s managing director, called the challenge the culmination of a “battle between those who recognise the public health potential vaping offers … and those who either do not understand vaping, or see it as a threat to established interests and therefore wish to see e-cigarettes subjected to a disproportionate and inappropriate regulatory regime.”
We’ll be keeping our eyes open to what going on across the pond, as well as in our own backyard in Washington.