New Letter Sent to WHO, Recommending More Restrictions
This week another controversial letter has been sent out to the World Health Organization’s director-general, Margaret Chan. Only this time, over 100 public health doctors and/or specialists argued against the previous recommendations sent to the WHO by 53 opposing scientists just a couple of weeks ago. Those in favor of harsh restrictions and regulations of e-cigarettes believe there isn’t enough sufficient evidence to support the claim that e-cigarettes are “harmless and can help people quit smoking”. Additionally, these doctors fear the glamorization and acceptance of smoking, especially in the under 18 age group.
regulating e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products would cost lives by reducing the number of people using them to quit smoking
This imploring letter demands for tighter control over the e-cigarette industry and the classification of e-cigarettes in the same category as all tobacco products. This regulation would ban any promotions, advertising or marketing for all e-cigarettes, including enforcing plain packaging, graphic and disturbing “warning” labels and statements, and of course tax increases. These regulations and bans go directly against the recommendations and warnings made to WHO earlier this month which stated, “regulating e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products would cost lives by reducing the number of people using them to quit smoking”. The previous letter also declared that these products could possibly be one of the most momentous health advances this century has seen, warning “the urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted”.
Although both of these letters may cite various findings to support their recommendations, you can’t help but wonder how some of the anti e-cigarette groups can justify half of the outrageous claims they have made. Even arguing that sweet candy and fruit flavors have been created to attract children is beyond absurd! Sorry to burst their bubble, but many adults love these flavors and actually prefer them to tobacco blends. Providing a wide range of options for vapers and smokers to choose from is simply one of the reasons e-cigarettes have been acknowledged for being so successful in helping people quit or reduce smoking. This is especially true for those smokers that had been unsuccessful with other methods of nicotine replacement. Unfortunately it seems that despite numerous testimonials detailing how e-cigarettes have benefited over a million people all across the world, the majority of the government entities chose to ignore the actual users and the undeniable benefits from electronic cigarettes.
The full article is available at: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/16/doctors-who-e-cigarettes-tighter-controls