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Who do you trust to tell you whether vaping is safe?

The vaping industry has grown from a relative niche market at the turn of the century to one which will turnover in excess of $2 billion in the US alone during 2015. Initially ignored, ridiculed and then overrun by politicians and those with a vested interest in muddying the water, the industry has done very well to come through this difficult time. While there is still an array of medical trials ongoing in relation to the safety of vaping, who will eventually rule whether vaping is safe?

Who will finally make that decision?

There are so many different players in the vaping industry and the regulatory environment that it is difficult to know who is acting with a balanced approach with no axe to grind. Many would argue that those who use vaping products are the ones who should have the final say while others point towards the regulators and politicians whose job is to look after the health of the general public. So, who will make a final decision once and for all, deciding that vaping is safe?

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Politicians and tax income

Many in the political arena have tarnished their reputation in the past with an insatiable appetite for tax dollars. Time and time again we have seen new products and new services criticised by politicians, taken under their wings and eventually taxed to high heaven. This does not give the impression of a group of individuals looking at the vaping industry with an unbiased view.

Big Tobacco

The situation with big tobacco companies is very difficult for many of us to understand because they have been investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the sector and then we see some companies looking to ban e liquid? There are also a number of ongoing court actions relating to alleged patent infringements based upon patents often originating decades ago. Looking from the sidelines it is difficult to know whether Big Tobacco is looking to take the industry over, up the regulatory cost across-the-board or just muddy the water.

The vaping community

Those who have been there, done it and used an array of vaping devices are probably those who should be most trusted on this particular issue. Whether they are comparing the potential health implications of vaping to those associated with tobacco cigarettes or indeed looking at the industry on a stand-alone basis, the general consensus is very similar. A number of medical experts have also suggested electronic cigarettes are at worst less harmful than their tobacco counterparts with some suggesting they could be up to 90% less harmful. We do need medical trials and medical data to back up these views. As more and more medical trials come to fruition the general consensus seems to be in favour of vaping.

Conclusion

Taking a step back and looking inwards from the sidelines there are no parties who really have an unbiased approach to the vaping industry and opinions on the future. The reality is that regulators, politicians, big business and the vaping community will all have a say but who will ultimately deem whether or not vaping is “safe” remains to be seen.

Mark Benson

For further information about electronic cigarettes please visit the OKCigs.co.uk website

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