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In fact it’s not just vaping and e-cigarettes the EU is anti over either, with SNUS and nicotine pouches on its hit list, ETHRA says the results of the survey shows the EU is anti harm reduction putting the lives of millions at risk.
Among other worrying findings, the survey found that should the EU ban flavoured e-liquids or bring in a total vape ban – 28% of vapers would return to smoking whilst 71% would consider buying vape juice and kits from the black market…and we know how that could end.
37,000 people took part in the survey and the results are clear – 27,000 smokers say they were able to stub out lit tobacco for good thanks to vaping and SNUS.
ETHRA says the numbers don’t lie adding:
That’s an incredible set of figures, yet still the EU is seriously considering if not a total vape ban, penalizing vapers and those looking to quit by over taxing e-cigarettes and SNUS.
As I said, ban vaping and the black market beckons…
European smokers say the lack of availability and clear information on vaping and SNUS is another barrier to successful quit attempts.
31% of smokers say if the EU wide ban on SNUS was lifted, they would consider using it.
As it stands now Sweden is the only EU country where SNUS is legal and it has an almost smokefree populace.
It’s the high price of vape gear and e-liquids that’s also stopping smokers making the switch – hence the call to stop the overly high taxation.
It’s really quite simple, lower the tax on vape products and more smokers will quit…it’s not rocket science is it?
And if the EU is as concerned about deaths and illnesses from smoking, as it says it is – it would do just that…
Answers in the comments as to why this concept is too difficult from them to grasp…
Another key finding from the ETHRA Nicotine Users Survey is the need to raise the current TPD nicotine limit of 20mg.
On the back of that, vapers say they’d use less e-liquid, smokers say they’d be more likely to quit and it would help dual users quit lit tobacco faster.
And of course, scrapping the ridiculous 10ml bottle rule would save on all that plastic waste most of us are sick of.
One thing that’s always niggled me about shortfills is IF the EU had been keen to reduce the amount of ‘dangerous‘ [lol] nicotine sloshing about, it shot itself in the foot as there’s more of it about than ever!
Anyway…not sure the e-liquid manufacturers would be happy seeing less sales if vapers were to pull back on the volumes they were buying.
I’m actually quite easy on the 20mg ceiling – hey come for me lol.
The truth is the ETHRA Nicotine Users Survey suggests the same with MORE vapers using LOWER nicotine levels.
As for shortfills, there has been a rumbling for quite some time in some quarters that they should be banned – ETHRA itself shows that vapers can save up to 50% cost by buying 50ml shortfills and adding a nic shot.
However, the results of this survey seems to suggest scrapping the 10ml bottle rule would mean less vapers buying those zero nic shortfills…good news for the e-liquid manufacturers…
It’s definitely trying times for vaping in the EU and even here in the UK.
As the EU considers the latest revision of the Tobacco Excise Directive [TED] – in other words raising the tax on vaping, the answers given in this survey should give them food for thought.
However, despite pronouncing itself as ‘listening to the people‘ time and time again they’ve proven they really don’t and ETHRA makes that very clear:
With the EU sucking up to the anti-vaping World Health Organization it’s the voice of health professionals, vapers and harm reduction advocacy groups that must be heard.
If not, the faceless un-elected mandarins are on course to play a hand in the deaths of millions if not billions of smokers.
As to if the EU will listen, I doubt it…but that shouldn’t stop us all from pushing the harm reduction message far and wide.
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