Hello I’m 2Three7 and this is my first post on the topic of Government Vs Electronic Cigarettes which covers why the government may appose them and what restrictions we can face as the “E-Vape” Community.
Regular cigarettes are known to cause harm. we all know that. But how much does it all cost?
It’s not that easy to work this out – people aren’t admitted to hospital for ‘smoking’ but conditions where smoking might have played a part. So even though we know that 463,000 adult hospital admissions last year were attributed to smoking, we need to be more sophisticated when estimating the particular strain placed on the health service by smokers and how this translates into costs.Most of the research in the field derives from estimates made back in 1991. Back then, smoking was said to cost the NHS £1.4-£1.7 billion a year (closer to £2-2.5 billion in today’s prices). Since then, other research has put the cost at £2.7 billion in 2006 (£3 billion today) and even £5.2 billion in 2005/06 (over £6 billion today). If current research is anything to go by, smoking is likely to be costing the NHS between £2.5 and £6 billion in today’s prices, although there’s a considerable degree of uncertainty to the estimates.
But how much is the government truly earning from the exploitation of cigarettes?
The government takes in a total of about £9.5 billion in tobacco duties, and the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association estimates another £2.6 billion goes to the Treasury in VAT. So the Treasury is taking in about £12 billion directly from tobacco sales.
which shows us the government is earning big money through this. but what happens when a new option is brought along to help people quit or offer an alternative with a significantly reduced risk? It gets as outlawed as cigarettes themselves. So far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may be safer than regular. The biggest danger from tobacco is the smoke, and e-cigarettes don’t burn. Tests show the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you’d get from a real cigarette. But what’s in them can vary. so instead of getting a foul smell coming off of a cigarette you get a scented water vapour going through the air causing no harm.
What is the TPD and how will it affect the “E-Vape” community?
This is the full Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (PDF) or HTML as published in the Official Journal of the EU). It entered into force on 19 May 2014, with several compliance dates of 20 May in 2016 , 20 November 2016 and 20 May 2017. The text below is designed to help you work out more easily what will apply to e-cigarettes, liquids and vaping devices.
Member States shall ensure that:
(a) nicotine-containing liquid is only placed on the market in dedicated refill containers not exceeding a volume of 10 ml, in disposable electronic cigarettes or in single use cartridges and that the cartridges or tanks do not exceed a volume of 2 ml;
(b) the nicotine-containing liquid does not contain nicotine in excess of 20 mg/ml;
(c) the nicotine-containing liquid does not contain additives listed in Article 7(6);
(d) only ingredients of high purity are used in the manufacture of the nicotine-containing liquid. Substances other than the ingredients referred to in point (b) of the second subparagraph of paragraph 2 of this Article are only present in the nicotine-containing liquid in trace levels, if such traces are technically unavoidable during manufacture;
(e) except for nicotine, only ingredients are used in the nicotine-containing liquid that do not pose a risk to human health in heated or unheated form;
(f) electronic cigarettes deliver the nicotine doses at consistent levels under normal conditions of use;
(g) electronic cigarettes and refill containers are child- and tamper-proof, are protected against breakage and leakage and have a mechanism that ensures refilling without leakage.
So essentally it shouldn’t bring a lot of harm except for restrictions of size and liquid. but we still suffer with (if we were say trying to quit cigarettes by using an E-Cig as an alternative) having to smoke them in smoking areas where you suffer risk of second hand smoke from regular smokers but also suffer temptation of smoking regular cigarettes right after trying to wuit which can come with its disadvantages. We already know that in the UK as well as other countries E-Cigs are banned in train stations as well as college campus grounds but however are only allowed in smoking areas. What i believe everyone is wondering is when the government will come to their senses and allow people to smoke the safe Electronic Cigarettes in regular places due to them not showing any harm to both the smoker of them and the other people around them. it does seem that they are trying to find something wrong with them so they can keep earning from the taxation and sale of regular cigarettes. Keep on trying UK government but the people are getting bored of waiting for you to keep stalling.