ECig FDA Regulation TAX

The FDA Regulation TAX and some other stuff regarding.

 

This is one of the most spoken about subjects over 2009-2010. Why? well it because the FDA and the government have to decide on how to deal with and regulate the electronic cigarette.

There has been allot of talk about TAX, the conglomerate Tobacco industries and how to regulate the product, mainly E-Liquid used in the electronic device.

The Tobacco companies i dont think have any worries at all because Nicotine has to come from somewhere and that (yup you guessed it) comes from Tobacco. There not going to be out of business anytime soon now are they.

 

 

FDA at present cant find a way to regulate the product as it is unknown how much nicotine is delivered to the consumer via the device. This renders problems:

  • How to label the packaging
  • What is safe amount of nicotine level
  • What concentration of liquid/cartridge can be used
  • How much does the atomizer actual atomize each puff
  • How much does the human body absorb with each puff with a specific concentration.

These are just a few examples of the problems the FDA are faced with in regulating the product. At present the product is classified by saying no more than 7.5% nicotine content per measure. This is believed to be non fatal dose of nicotine mix, you will be very sick but wont die if you drunk it. Again there is little hard evidence to prove this.

The sale of Electronic Cigarettes has been allowed for the past few years due to them being sold for adult customers who wish to use the product for adult pleasure, this falls in line with normal tobacco products such as cigars, cigarettes, hand rolling tobacco and so on therefore does not come under the classification of a drug. The FDA have had there plea rejected due to this fact yet they still have to research this and find a way with clear evidence of how it can be safely regulated. Until then they can not ban or restrict the sale or consumption of these devices with there liquid.

An interesting article of Sin TAX can be found here.

Sin TAX in brief is a tax to assist in suppressing people or to stop them from following a undesirable activity such as drinking or smoking etc.

Sumptuary taxes are ostensibly used for reducing transactions involving something that the society considers unwanted, and is thus a kind of sumptuary law. Sin tax is used for taxes on activities that are considered socially undesirable. Common targets of sumptuary taxes are alcohol and tobacco, gambling, and vehicles emitting excessive pollutants. Sumptuary tax on sugar and soft drinks has also been suggested [1]. Some jurisdictions have also levied taxes on illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana.

The revenue generated by sin taxes is sometimes used for special projects, but might also be used in the ordinary budget. American cities and counties have used them to pay for stadiums, while in Sweden the tax for gambling is used for helping people with gambling problems. Acceptance of sumptuary taxes may be greater than income tax or sales tax.

 

In the UK they have applied a license regulation much like a liquor license or a tobacco license which requires persons or companies who wish to sell E-Liquids to pay £6000.00/annum. They must also follow the guidelines required before they are able to purchase this license, at which point they meet the regulation the are able to purchase there yearly license to allow them to retail the E-Liquids. As of 31/June/2010 this is what has been said.

Any UK company still trading E-Liquids will and should have this otherwise they could be facing prosecution.

As for Sin TAX well you can see it coming. It does not take a genius to see which way this is going. As the electronic cigarette becomes more popular and becomes much more accessible then more data can be collected in regard to health and the way the product is used, what impact it is having on the social environment, how it is being misused if any, who is using it, are kids using it, is it available to minors, does the product hit the supermarket, is it affecting others who dont use the product and so on. All these elements all contribute to further decisions on what we can expect in the near future as the product becomes more and more popular. Oh its so much to look forward to isn't it lol.

One of my biggest major concerns is the idea of smoking anywhere. This is because in a research document of propylene glycol found here says "Exposure to mists may cause eye irritation, as well as upper respiratory tract irritation. Inhalation of the propylene glycol vapors appears to present no significant hazard in ordinary applications. However, limited human experience indicates that inhalation of propylene glycol mists could be irritating to some individuals. Therefore inhalation exposure to mists of these materials should be avoided. Some research has suggested that propylene glycol not be used in applications where inhalation exposure or human eye contact with the spray mists of these materials is likely, such as fogs for theatrical productions or antifreeze solutions for emergency eye wash stations" If this is found to be valid then Electronic smoking will again be placed under the smoking ban.

I need to add an area mentioned by Tony Blair on 10 downing street petition to remove the ban. His response stated that bar staff who do not smoke who wish to work behind the bar serving alcohol or become professionals in the alcohol trade should be able to work in a smoke free workplace if they wish to. This i feel was a fair comment by 10 downing street. Many argue this saying "they should find another trade", why should they? If its what they want to do they should have there freedom to choose that hence i feel this was a good response. Moral of the story here is have some respect for your fellow persons, so weather you can or cant, still go outside and vape. By doing this it may prolong the Sin TAX which will happen at some point. all it takes is one pillock to think he is above the rest and screw it up for everyone else.

 

If you have got down this far wow well done and thank you for reading my blaba Thanks.

I shall sign off here and update as more information becomes available stay cool up to date and happy vapeing. Peace.

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