FDA crackdown on e-liquid

The Meals and Drug Administration has opened an additional front in its war on vaping, immediately after the agency announced new classifications for components. Nineteen chemical compounds typically identified in e-liquid have been added to the list of “Harmful and potentially damaging constituents (HPHC). This does not quantity to an actual ban on the chemical compounds, but it will imply a lot a lot more operate for liquid makers – and they’re currently getting hammered by the price of complying with the FDA’s notorious “deeming regulations”.

The HPHC list was initial issued in 2012 and contained 93 chemical compounds identified in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Now it is getting expanded to cover vaping – and the FDA have come up with a incredibly speculative list of “harmful” components.

Some of the chemical compounds on the list are currently getting phased out by the vaping sector itself. For instance diacetyl, a buttery flavouring, has been tentatively linked to an incurable lung illness (while there’s no proof it is damaging at the levels identified in e-cig vapour). Glycidol is a thermal breakdown solution of glycerol, and has been identified in e-cigarette vapour. The FDA claim ethylene glycol is often made use of as a solvent in e-liquid it is not, due to the fact it is toxic. Diethylene glycol is also toxic it is on the list due to the fact the FDA are concerned that e-liquid may well somehow be contaminated with it.

E-liquid makers and importers will now have to provide the FDA with lab test outcomes displaying the levels of each and every of these new HPHCs in just about every solution they sell. Coming on best of the enormous price expected to get a Pre Market place Tobacco Authorisation as expected by the deeming regs, it is particular to drive lots of smaller sized liquid makers out of small business. That, of course, is almost certainly the aim.

FDA adds seizures to “vaping dangers”

In an additional blatant anti-vaping move, the FDA warned on Wednesday that it is nevertheless investigating a hypothetical hyperlink among vaping and seizures. The agency says that because 2010 it is received 127 reports of people today experiencing seizures or “other neurological symptoms” immediately after vaping – with 90 of them coming in the final 4 months.

The purpose there have been so lots of in the final 4 months is that, in April, the FDA set out a request for reports on any individual who had suffered any sort of seizure or connected incident immediately after vaping. Now they assume they’ve collected adequate proof that a lot more investigation is required. The trouble is they’ve cast their net considerably as well wide, with totally predictable outcomes.

According to the FDA, seizures can take place at least a complete day immediately after vaping. Symptoms can differ extensively and they haven’t identified any hyperlink among seizures and specific items. That is due to the fact there pretty much undoubtedly is not one particular. An estimates nine million Americans vape – and eight-10% of people today will have at least one particular seizure through their life. 127 reports in nine years is statistically insignificant. In reality it is pretty much surprising that so couple of people today have reported a seizure immediately after vaping.

Berkeley bans flavoured e-liquids

The university town of Berkeley, California has joined its neighbour San Francisco in banning flavoured e-liquids, beneath cover of a wider ban on “flavoured tobacco products”. The new law was passed by the city council in late July but only announced final week. It goes ahead of the city council once more on 10 September, and unless there’s some efficient opposition ahead of then it is pretty much particular to pass.

According to Berkeley City Council the aim of the law is to guard public wellness and lessen litter. It fails on each counts. Flavoured cigars and cigarettes are a modest aspect of the tobacco market place – but pretty much all e-liquids are flavoured. Public wellness is not protected by banning a safer option to smoking. As for litter, the council claim 34% of all litter in California comes from tobacco. This is only correct if you count person pieces of litter, rather than measuring by weight, and the vast majority of tobacco litter consists of (unflavoured) cigarette butts. The new law will have pretty much no impact on this its primary influence will be to make it tougher for present and former smokers to acquire a safer solution.

UK media stirs up “epidemic” fears

So far, hysteria about the “teen vaping epidemic” has been confined to the USA and a handful of authoritarian states in the Middle East and Far East. Now a British newspaper is attempting to ignite the identical moral panic in the UK. A hysterical short article in the left-wing Guardian repeats old claims about promoting to youngsters and blurs the distinction among teens who’ve attempted an e-cig after and the tiny quantity who vape on a regular basis. The short article offers no proof, proposes no options and primarily has no point it is just hysterical scaremongering provoked by a dislike of nicotine.

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