The use of flavoured e-liquids has been suggested by the renowned harm reduction advocate Clive Bates. After pioneering many campaigns for the endorsement of vaping as a safer alternative for tobacco-related products, he recently teamed up with Carrie Wade of the R Street Institute to file documents to push for the approval of the use of e-liquids.
Carrie wade leads the harm reduction policy and she works for the R Street Institute, an American conservative and libertarian think tank. The mission of the institute is “to promote free markets and limited, effective government through outreaches after a thorough policy research”
The document published by Clive and Carrie is likely to face rejection because of the climate of fear-driven nonsense although it is free from the influence of all e-cigarettes, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.
The authors argue that without permitting the use of vaping products, it is not possible for the American federal government to achieve its 2010 objective of reducing the rate of adult smoking below percent. Also, the 2030 target of reducing the level of illnesses and deaths caused by tobacco-related products would only be a mere fantasy.
They also cited that the national Academics of science has also agreed that “The use of e-cigarettes has a far lower tendency of causing health issues compared to the high health risk involved in the use of combustible tobacco cigarettes.”- This fact was stated in the report of the Royal College of Physicians.
They cited the work of Andrea Villanti in 2017 in the journal of addiction and moved to clarify that “the belief that e-cigarettes are capable of increasing the rate of smoking and that they are not effective for smoking cessation is fallacious and void of scientific facts. The conclusion from an independent review team clearly states that e-cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation and not to increase the use of tobacco-related products.”
The belief that “flavors are targeted at kids and it could result in a lifetime addiction” is the major challenge facing the use of flavors in vape juices. But the authors evidently highlighted four points:
- Most youth vape to experiment and it is not on a regular basis.
- The large percentage of vapers is among people who are using tobacco products or have stopped.
- Nicotine is reported by youths to be absent in vaping products
- There is a rapid decrease in the rate of smoking recorded in teenagers and young adults.
The Food and Drug Administration so much believe in the invalid report about e-cigarettes and still do not agree to the smoking cessation effect of vaping products in the teenage and adult population because they refuse to discuss the fact that “many smokers have found vaping products as a better substitute for cigarettes and are using the product over and over again. Young people are also quitting cigarettes after the use of e-cigarettes”
Bates and Wade argue that “the inadequate evidence to prove the smoking cessation effect of vaping products in the teenage population does not have anything to do with flavors. It is wrong to ban flavors because it is a common product found in every orally consumed tobacco/nicotine product. It is not reasonable to eliminate flavors.”
Juice flavor regulation should only be directed to “toxicity and safety when used non-combustible tobacco and nicotine products.