10 French Physicians Write Letter To EU Defending E-Cigs
A group of doctors from France recently took a stand against European Union efforts to qualify electronic cigarettes as medicine for the purposes of regulation. The group argued that efforts to effectively ban and control electronic cigarettes seem more likely to damage public health and prevent people from kicking their smoking habit.
The group included experts in tobacco addiction, cardiology, cancer, urology, neurology, fetal pathology, and France’s senior ear, nose and throat specialist. All felt efforts to harshly regulate electronic cigarettes throughout the EU as medicine was too premature given the lack of evidence that they deserved such regulation.
Qualifying electronic cigarettes as medicine throughout the EU would likely force high prices on the products, restrict their sale to pharmacy and special licensed businesses, and allow other arbitrary laws, fines, and checks start nailing the industry down with red tape.
Fortunately, opposition to this sort of regulation is growing. E-cig consumers don’t like the idea of government involvement hiking up the prices on their e-cigs and making them harder to get a hold of. Physicians like the one’s behind this letter believe e-cigs could fix the global smoking problem. Meanwhile, convenience stores and dedicated e-cig shops don’t like the idea of loosing all their e-cig sales to pharmacies simply because the product is qualified as a medicine.
If you’d like to check out the letter, you can find it right here. But it’ll need some translating for those that are lacking in French fluency.