RCP Report Calls for New Tobacco Harm Reduction Measures
RCP Report Calls for New Tobacco Harm Reduction Measures

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has long supported vaping as a method of reducing the harm caused by tobacco use. The UK's tobacco harm reduction plan needs to be significantly changed, according to its most recent report, "Smoking and Health 2021: A Coming of Age for Tobacco Control?" published this week.

The 152-page paper discusses a wide range of tobacco control-related topics and foresees that, at the current rate, the UK won't be "vape" until 2050. It also makes new policy recommendations that could significantly affect UK smoking rates.

The RCP is advocating more drastic solutions in addition to conventional tobacco control measures like tax rises that would treble the price of cigarettes over five years. These include paying pregnant women to stop smoking, enrolling all smokers in stop-smoking programs, and making significant financial investments in media ads persuading smokers to convert to vaping.

This paper contains a number of advantages for the vaping business, but the one that stands out the most is its discussion of health claims, which are now only permitted for goods with a medicines license:

"Under current restrictions, only products with a medicines license are allowed to make health claims. This restriction is necessary to safeguard the public from unfounded health claims made about a wide variety of potentially harmful non-medical products, but it is probably detrimental to overall health given that smokers typically stick with the much riskier combustible tobacco products as a default.

The fact that there are still no commercially accessible legal e-cigarettes in the UK, 13 years after the products first came on the market there, shows that the licensing process has not been an appealing one for e-cigarette makers from a business standpoint. There is nevertheless a case to be made for allowing health-based promotion of items with a demonstrable rationale for reduced damage, such as nicotine products.

This analysis is timely given that the UK is now outside of the scope of the EU's vape framework and the government is considering new tobacco restrictions.

A new measure to control e-cigarettes is being developed by the Philippine government.

The usage, production, sale, and distribution of e-cigarettes will be regulated by a law that the Philippines House of Representatives has approved on second reading.

The house passed House Bill No.9007, also known as the "Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act," on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Even if the legislation modifies a number of existing laws, one of its main goals is to limit access to e-cigarettes to those who are at least 18 years old.

Customers must present a government-issued identity card with their photo and birthdate to retailers in order to prove their age.

Rep. Jet Garcia sought to amend the legislation to raise the legal drinking age to 21, but the chamber rejected his proposal.

Aside from authorized smoking locations, the bill forbids the use of vaping devices in all enclosed public venues. Additionally, it outlaws the sale of heated tobacco products and vapour products within 100 meters of any playground, school, or other place where children congregate.

Online shops will still be able to offer vapor goods, but they'll have to take precautions to make sure their consumers are the right age.

This year, the FDA has sent 103 warning letters to vape companies.

In 2021, the American FDA warned vape producers 103 times. All of the companies mentioned have FDA-registered drugs, but they failed to file a PMTA before the deadline of September 9, 2020. Companies must take their items off the market if they didn't file a PMTA by this deadline.

The majority of the "unauthorized ENDS" sold or distributed by companies that have gotten warnings are e-liquid items, the FDA reports. The removal of illegal products from the market is supposedly being enforced, but there is growing worry that the complexity of PMTAs has resulted in an excessive number of applicants, which might seriously stymie the procedure.

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