China’s National Health Commission recently announced they plan to reign in the vaping industry.
It’s very easy to forget, but modern vaping has only been around for the last 15 years or so. In that short span, it’s gone from a fringe smoking cessation tool to one of the biggest threats the tobacco industry has ever seen.
As such, legislators around the globe have been forced to decide how to regulate this new industry. While some places have chosen to support vaping and others treat it like tobacco, a select few seem to have ulterior motives behind their vaping regulations.
That’s what critics are accusing China of doing, as they recently announced plans to start regulating the market. Their main concern involves China’s push to regulate vaping, while still making millions off the state-run, China Tobacco company.
Only time will tell what sort of impact these new vaping laws have on the market, but many in the vaping community are growing concerned over this change of heart by China. Some are even worried these new regulations could ultimately lead to massive changes for the vaping industry at large.
China’s New Stance
China’s National Health Commission recently announced they would be implementing some serious changes to how they handle vaporizers. According to the announcement, they’re also beginning to conduct their own research into the dangers of vaping, especially for teens.
China is actually where modern vaping was invented, and it’s remained one of the major players in the continued growth of the industry. Several of these Chinese vaping companies have been collecting money since the beginning of the year in anticipation of this news.
The vaping community stands by the value of e-cigarettes to reduce harm and also help adults off cigarettes once and for all. Meanwhile, anti-vapers are applauding the news for attempting to reign in dangerous teenage smoking.
Regardless, critics have slammed China for moving to restrict vaping products further, even as they still make millions and millions off their state-run tobacco company, China Tobacco. Part of the regulations reigning in vaping seek to limit nicotine levels, as well as what types of substances can be used in the e-liquids or vaporizers themselves.
The Evidence For Vaping
Despite what you hear from mainstream media sources, there has been a ton of peer-reviewed research conducted over the last several years proving the value of vaporizers. Going back to 2015, we got a report from Public Health England, which found vaping is at least 95% safer than continued smoking.
More recently we’ve gotten reports out of Roswell Park Cancer Institute which found the toxicants in smoke are around 93% higher than in e-liquid vapor. However, nothing quite proves the harm reduction value of vaping like the report from the Journal of Aerosol Sciences which found the excess lifetime cancer risk of a smoker is around 57,000 higher than a vaper from a similar background.
Besides that, we have research out of the University of Louisville which concluded not only is vaping an effective smoking cessation tool, but it may actually be the single most likely to lead to a successful quit attempt. This included popular devices such as nicotine patches, gum, and even prescription drugs.
Finally, we have evidence which suggests the teenage vaping epidemic is being very overblown. In fact, a report of over 60,000 teens concluded that only between 0.1% and 0.5% of non-smoking teens are ever vaping more than a couple times. This means even fewer could possibly be ending up a smoker because of vaping.
It’s a real shame to see China go against something they’ve been so crucial in creating. The vaping industry has improved millions of lives, but China wants to reduce that value while keeping tobacco sales high.
If they’re allowed to seriously restrict vaping, it will undoubtedly lead to more smokers, and in turn more revenue for their Big Tobacco company. That’s why we must work together to push back against unpopular decisions like these.
By working together, we have our best shot at affecting change in the future. If we don’t, it may not be very long before we wake up in a world in which vaping is just a shell of its former self.
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