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OWN #4 | 29 APRIL - 5 MAY 2019

In the news this week we have a high-profile doctor backing vaping as a way to quit cigarettes, vaping laws (and punishments) in Dubai, a change in US laws could cripple the vaping industry, and some Canadian vaping laws up in the air. And we're off...

TV doctor backs vaping as a tool to quit smoking

Embarrassing Bodies' Doctor Christian Jessen has come out in support of vaping as a means to quit smoking. He has recently put his name to a public campaign urging other clinicians to support their patients in switching from smoking to vaping.

We're in danger of missing out on the huge public health prize of a smoke-free society if the medical profession doesn't start encouraging smokers to take up vaping. Vaping has so far helped 3.2m vapers either quit or reduce smoking, saving the NHS billions in treating those with smoking related health conditions.

There is a growing bank of evidence which shows it can reduce smoking relating harm and yet despite that, more than half of hospitals across the UK ban vaping on their grounds. It's time we were consistent and gave clear advice to smokers to help combat the misinformation they are all too often bombarded with, about vaping.

The UK Vaping Industry Association commissioned a study which found that smokers can save a lot of money by switching to vaping, and even though vaping is not harmless, it poses at most around 5% of the risks that smoking does.

There are, of course others, who feel that quitting nicotine completely is the best solution, and while they may not be wrong, it's not quite that easy in our modern world.

Vaping is a great way to stop smoking cigarettes and for that reason alone, its use should be encouraged. However, people still remain addicted to nicotine; a habit which costs a great deal of money to serve and, perhaps most importantly, leaves people feeling dependent on something outside their control.

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Dubai Vaping Laws and Punishment

For a long time the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had a ban on the sale and import of vaping devices and liquids. Earlier this year, vaping was finally legalized and regulated. Manufacturers must meet new standards and products must carry health warnings similar to those on cigarettes.

In Dubai, a popular travel destination, the municipality has announced that vaping will be subject to the same laws as tobacco cigarettes. Vaping outside a designated smoking area carries a fine of up to DH1,000 (around R4000 at the time of writing).

The municipality will monitor any violation related to vaping in public places. Specialists in the municipality will take the necessary measures to track down violators who smoke e-cigarettes in public places.

You have been warned :)

These are actually very sensible laws for the most part - especially considering that until recently vaping was completely illegal in the UAE.

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A new US regulation could cripple the vape industry

A new guideline for e-liquid containers in the US could mean that millions of bottles of e-juice in vape shops and warehouses could be declared non-compliant and be subject to a recall or even be destroyed.

The "restricted flow requirement" states that an opened bottle, when inverted and squeezed continuously for five seconds by a five-year-old child, must dispense no more than two milliliters of e-liquid.

And here is the plot twist: the FDA Deeming Rule prohibits manufacturers from changing the packaging of a product (except labels) introduced before Aug 2016. Any change of the product (including bottles) would make that product non-compliant and require a premarket tobacco application (PMTA) before it can be legally sold. Getting a PMTA could cost over $1 million and there is no guarantee it will be accepted and approved.

It's almost as if the new rule was made for a very specific purpose, and the fact that many anti-vape officials are backing it seems to almost enforce that idea. Conspiracy or coincidence? You decide.

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Canadian Vape Legislation Woes

Over in Quebec, Canada a judge has thrown out a new law's ban on demonstrations of vaping products inside shops and specialized clinics. The courts also invalidated a law prohibiting the advertising of vaping products to smokers trying to quit.

The ruling has been suspended for six months to allow the rewrite of these problematic sections.

A legal challenge was brought by an association representing Quebec vape shops and the Canadian Vaping Association. They argued the law adopted by the Quebec government in 2015 violated its fundamental rights.

An anti-tobacco group was not impressed and has urged the government to appeal the ruling. They say the judgement does not take into account the rise in vaping among the youth. Not sure if that counts as a valid reason to put a poorly written law into effect, but there you go :)

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