How are Governments Regulating Electronic Cigarettes?by CanadaEcigs.ca on 11/04/13
Governments around the world (including Canada) have begun to take a closer look at electronic cigarettes and are concerned about wheather or not they are safe and how they should be regulated. Although governments have significantly limited the marketing and use of regular cigarettes, the FDA is looking to create similar rules regarding what is often considered to be a safer alternative.
Half of the country's states have banned the resale of these electronic cigarettes to minors. Also, 41 state attorneys have banded together to encourage the FDA to regulate these cigarettes. The USDOT and Transport Canada also say that electronic cigarettes will not be allowed on airplanes just like normal cigarettes are not permitted.
The e-cigarette industry says that this product is not as dangerous as people think it could be and that e-cigarettes can even reduce the likelihood of a typical person to smoke a real cigarette. The industry argues that these are too different from real cigarettes and that they should not be treated any differently.
However, some people say that the government is simply trying to make money off of taxes while also regulating the industry. This includes the belief that the government wants to ride off of something similar to what's done with traditional cigarettes.
Amazingly enough, the United States is not the only place in the world that is dealing with issues on how to treat electronic cigarettes. The European Union recently decided that electronic cigarettes should be treated in the same way as real cigarettes in terms of marketing and sale controls. Therefore, minors cannot buy e-cigarettes in the EU and the marketing process for them is extremely limited. This is in spite of how some EU countries like Germany, Ireland, Poland and Norway continue to offer them to this day.
This is different from the EU's original plan to regular e-cigarettes as medical devices. This could have made it especially hard for people in the EU to acquire them as they'd have to go to pharmacies to get them if this happened.
The United Kingdom doesn't have many limits on how e-cigarettes can be marketed. Still, individual advertisements for some products have been banned in the past.
Some countries have their own ideas for how to handle these e-cigarettes. They are legal in Canada as long as they do not contain nicotine but the government doesn't endorse them either way. Switzerland allows them if they don't have nicotine but ones with nicotine can be imported. South Korea also has strong taxes on these e-cigarettes.
Finally, some places won't even allow them to begin with. E-cigarettes are illegal in Mexico, Singapore and Dubai among other places.