Who cares about a few thousand dead? Defending EU limits on the strength of nicotine e-liquids

Not that many dead – what’s all the fuss about…?

Updated 16 May 2016

Apparently, there are still people in public health trying to defend the EU Tobacco Products Directive as it applies to vaping! It’s a ludicrous measure, that protects the cigarette trade, has costs and risks that vastly outweigh the non-existent […]

Regulators and the compliance fallacy - buying 99% nicotine e-liquid from China

99% nicotine e-liquid bought from China

How easy will it be to sidestep European Union and U.S. FDA regulation? To find out, I bought some high strength e-liquid from the internet. The problem is that bad regulation doesn’t attract compliance, it attracts non-compliance.

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E-cigarette impact assessment exposes useless and illegal policy

New logo for the Department of Health?

The UK Department of Health has published an “Impact Assessment” to accompany its implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (Tobacco and related product regulations, 2016). As regular readers will know I think Article 20 dealing with e-cigarettes is useless and does little but protect the cigarette […]

Harmful and negligent to ignore unintended consequences of e-cigarette policies

Sorry mate, didn’t intend to kill you

In my paper on regulating recreational drugs: Harms or highs? Regulating narcotics, alcohol and nicotine (2015), I suggested, wishfully perhaps, there is rising awareness of the perils of unintended consequences from well-meaning but misguided policies:

“…there is growing recognition that much harm can be caused by […]

Totally Wicked case: Advocate General's flawed reasoning would protect the cigarette trade

Looking for justice? Keep walking.

Update: predictably on 4 May 2016, the judgement was announced and Totally Wicked’s case rejected in full. See judgement in case C‑477/14. No appeal is possible. The basic problem is that the law depends on the science, bad science makes bad law, and the Commission and members states […]