France e-cig update…
France Admits It’s Never Been About Health
27 May 2013
A serious story about bizarre behaviour by the French government.
The French government could be set to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and at work because of health precautions, it emerged on Monday. The ban threat comes as the nicotine-filled ‘vaporisers’ experience a boom in sales in France.
“Health precautions”? They are hugely safer than the cigarettes the French government has been nagging everyone to give up for years!
France’s Minister for Health, Marisol Touraine, could be ready to introduce a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in certain public places, once she receives an expert report on Tuesday into the health effects of the smokeless devices.
Despite what is thought to be a largely positive report, commissioned in March and carried out by pulmonologist Professor Bertrand Dautzenberg, sources for French radio RTL claim that Touraine is planning a bill to outlaw e-cigarettes in public.
French Researchers Recommend Stopping E-Cigarette Use in Public
May 28, 2013
By Albertina Torsoli
Use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces such as restaurants should be forbidden, French researchers wrote in a government-commissioned report.
Use of the devices, electronic tubes that simulate the effect of smoking by producing nicotine vapor, should be regulated, and forbidden to pregnant women and people younger than 18, wrote the researchers, led by Bertrand Dautzenberg, a professor of pneumology and the president of the French Office for Smoking Prevention, also known as OFT.
Electronic cigarettes, which mimic the look and feel of traditional versions without generating smoke and ash, cause damage to the lungs, researchers from the University of Athens said in a study presented at the European Respiratory Society annual meeting in Vienna in September. That study challenged earlier research suggesting the devices, designed to help quit smoking, are harmless.
“Even if the knowledge on these products is advancing rapidly, there still are many points of uncertainty,” Dautzenberg and his colleagues wrote in the report. “We cannot wait for established scientific data to start proposing recommendations” for the use of e-cigarettes.
The report has been published on the OFT’s website and was conducted with support from the Direction Generale de la Sante, which is part of the Health Ministry. It will be presented to France’s Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine today, newspaper Le Monde reported on its website.
Makers of the battery-powered devices include Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Vapor Corp. (VPCO)
Lorillard Inc. (LO), a Greensboro, North Carolina-based producer of standard cigarettes, acquired the devices with its $135 million purchase of Blu Ecigs in April last year.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to impose rules on the testing and production of e-cigarettes. More than 3.5 million Americans use e-cigarettes, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.