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What’s Going on With E-Cigs in the Media?

E-Cigs in the Media and Regulations Across the pond, in the UK, a First World nation full of educated, intelligent thinking people, with a democratic government, excellent physicians with a fully-functional healthcare system, and a high level of independent research done through their scientific endeavors as well as through their many highly-esteemed universities, they have been able to see through the spin, and understand the enormous potential of electronic cigarettes in regards to the betterment of their public. With 3 million people as smokers, they see the promise an alternative such as vapor devices presents. Instead of fighting over trivial suspicions, they are focusing on facts, and focusing on how many lives can be saved by offering vapor devices as legit cessation options.

In the US, however, we find a new reason to vilify e-cigarettes every week, and often base these suspicions on the conclusions of sporadic studies, often done with biased data, or select data from perfectly positioned groups that will enable the outcomes to sway in their predetermined directions.

According to vapor products advocate, David Sweanor (adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottowa as well as a special lecturer for the division of epidemiology and public health at the University of Nottingham): “There’s a very strong abstinence-only part of what’s going on in the anti-smoking movement. I think it’s one of the most counter-productive things that we’ve ever seen.” Having spent a huge amount of his career over the past 30 years dedicated to fighting the war on tobacco, Sweanor is more than capable of offering some insight to a muddled situation that could really use some common sense.

This week, reports of a study done the journal the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, claimed that according to their data, e-cigarettes do not help smokers quit smoking. Despite having been published by a legitimate medical journal, the study was loaded with inaccuracies, and has been labeled both “grossly misleading,” by Peter Hajek, currently the Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit of Queen Mary University of London, and “not scientific” by Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, Ann McNeill, who also serves as a professor at King’s College London.

It’s rather interesting, though heavily confounding on why electronic cigarettes are being so vilified in the media. Sure, we could go all “conspiracy theory” on you as to why this could be part of some big, deep, underlying scheme, but that’s really not necessary. There’s enough going on at the surface to ponder, and it really is perplexing every way it’s examined. We’re certain, despite the current state of affairs, that the future holds much promise, but in the meantime, it’s a crazy path the industry is navigating!

E-Cigarettes Now Regulated as Medicine in UK

Vapor Products Regulated As Medicine in UK The United Kingdom’s regulator for medicinal items, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has officially classified electronic cigarettes as medical devices. This is the step taken in an effort to what may become the official marketing of electronic cigarette devices as cessation devices. This is very big news for the vapor products industry, and while it is not fully relevant to the US market, it is a major step for the industry as a whole, and it sets an incredible example the US needs to take note of.

Prior to this landmark decision on the part of MHRA, vapor products were not permitted to be recommended by general practitioners as they were not considered licensed products. Because of this monumental decision, vapor products will now be able to truly compete with established cessation methods in the UK, such as nicotine gums and nicotine patches, and physicians as well as other healthcare providers will be able to recommend them for usage.

This is an excellent example being demonstrated as a model for nations such as the US, whose own policies and politics regarding e-cigarettes are not yet established. Across the pond, we are currently awaiting the FDA to make a final decision on the ability of today’s e-cigarettes to even continue being sold.

The health agencies in the UK have been staunch and stubborn in regards to their opinions of e-cigarettes, and they have seen the potential they hold for quite some time now. Last year, Public Health England’s report on e-cigarette use, and their independent findings that vapor cigarettes are 95% healthier than traditional tobacco cigarettes made worldwide headlines, having come from a legitimate source making such a bold claim. The UK has been blatantly vocal about the promise these products hold for people looking to quit smoking, and with 20% of the British adult population as smokers, they are truly committed to their betterment and health.

We applaud the UK on their decision, which we know was based on a great amount of research, studies, and common sense. We are excited to see where the market is headed, and look forward to what these revolutionary products are going to do for the public health sector in the near future.

Vaping in the UK

Vaping is hoter than ever in the UK!

Vaping is hoter than ever in the UK!

Vaping is hot in the United Kingdom, and in case anyone thought this growth was happening exclusively in the States, let this serve as a reminder that electronic alternative smoking devices are extremely sought-after in the UK!

With last week’s news about electronic cigarettes finally being able to be shown in use during television advertisements in the UK, and Oxford Dictionaries’ choosing “vape” as the word of the year, a light has been shined on tobacco alternative use in the United Kingdom. Here is a look at how vaping is perceived, accepted, and being done across the pond.

All major news organizations in the United Kingdom have run stories and discussions on e-cigarettes in recent months, ranging from critical, to welcoming. Like everywhere else, it’s quite clear the positive impact electronic cigarettes are having on the smoking population. It has made current news and remained a topic of interest for years now.

Earlier this year, in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood of London, the first “vape cafe” opened to great fanfare and of course, some controversy. The Vape Lab, as it is known, enables vapers a stylish lounge where they can grab a delicious cup of coffee while they vape, meet others who are also immersed in the vaping culture, and enjoy an environment where their nicotine preference is accepted and embraced. The indoor smoking ban hit London 7 years before, and until the Vape Lap opened,  those who wanted to enjoy nicotine in public had no choice other than to take it outdoors. The atmosphere of this unique concept is reminiscent of early 20th century European cafe culture, combining luxury, technology, and an inspiring ambiance where vapers can gather.

Just like in the United States, electronic cigarette sales have only skyrocketed as the devices have gained such profound popularity. Between 2012 and 2013, vapor cig sales in the UK rose an unprecedented 340 percent, bringing in 193 billion last year!

It’s safe to say, that the USA is clearly not the only e-cig market around, or the only that is thriving. E-cigarette usage is a worldwide phenomenon; they are changing the global landscape, one vapor cloud at a time.