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Democracy: How everyone can become a politically effective voice for Vaping
If political regulation is concerned with the regulation of e-cigarettes, there are usually two main questions.
- Firstly - are e-cigarettes less harmful to health than tobacco cigarettes?
- Secondly - can e-cigarette smokers help successfully combat their nicotine dependency?
If both questions are clearly answered with 'yes', there is absolutely no reason to regulate e-cigarettes as strictly as tobacco cigarettes - if at all. In the coming years, hundreds of millions of euros will be spent on studies that will finally answer these questions and provide the empirical basis for an intelligent and efficient social treatment of electrical cigarettes.
From a health and scientific point of view, this approach is understandable. For almost every steamboat worldwide, however, it is a farce. Everyone, but absolutely every smoker without a single exception, who has successfully and completely switched to e-cigarettes after years of consumption of one or two boxes a day, has learned on his own that this change improves the quality of life essential (and existentially). Of course, this does not mean that the conversion is successful for every person or that the relapse rate is equal to zero. The fact is, however, that if you become a steamer and before you were a smoker, your vitality and energy and all your medical probabilities are given back to your life.
The changes in health, well-being, libido and condition that are absolutely measurable and writable in every individual case are facts. These are the facts that must be available to the EU and other health care institutions in order to make a balanced and constructive decision on the production and delivery of e-cigarettes. To the greater part of understandably insecure physicians and the power of the tobacco lobbies, these collective reports of experience would have to stand as an unmistakable, non-discriminatory, argumentative wall. Unfortunately, however, they are not yet doing so because the above-mentioned studies are only in their early stages.
But there are ways to be heard. It is not just about advocating our own interest to continue to steam freely, freely and freely, in the future. It is also about the exercise of a bourgeois basic right, namely to communicate in a democratic process one's own will, born out of experience, and thus actively determine the social climate of the system in which one lives. For this, it needs representations - because the individual voice is naturally too quiet to be heard in the white noise of the corridors filled with lobbyists. The interest community E-Vaping It is an association whose purpose is to represent the interests of the VAPERS in EU. Politics is often an ugly, but in any case a potentially abstract business. Numbers are being negotiated, statistics are juggling, and unfortunately, in many cases, a bloated law apparatus which serves the interests of less and has reached the lowest common denominator. But in fact, politics is about people to fate, to experiences, to life values. And the e-cigarette is one of the revolutionary, technological achievements of the last ten years, which can make the life of one billion people a lot more life-worth. We need people who are already to turn their experiences into a politically effective weapon.
E Cigarette will help in weight loss?
Electronic cigarettes infused with food-flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a paper that looks into vaping as a tool to help tackle obesity. A review of existing research published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research found the combination of the e-cigarette liquids with food flavourings may replicate certain sensations of eating. This coupled with the hand to mouth actions of 'vaping' - an alternative to smoking using e-cigarettes - could play a role in helping people better control their dietary intake.
E-cigarettes are considered safer than smoking as they do not contain dangerous substances such as tobacco or tar. It is the nicotine used in e-cigarettes that has the desired inhibitory effect on appetite and may help with weight control. However, trace substances such as formaldehyde, a known carcinogen have been detected in e-cigarettes in the past as has diacetyl, a flavouring agent linked to lung disease . Pick your flavour Authors of the review from the University of Stirling and Massey University College in New Zealand discussed how the liquids used in e-cigarettes could be mixed with food flavours to suit individual preferences for taste, sensation and nicotine concentration.
These taste preferences may be important for vaping, where users can choose different flavours that could potentially address food cravings. Indeed, recent studies suggest that an individual’s sensitivity for a particular taste, flavour or aroma may be linked with specific food choices and may be a risk marker for metabolic disease. New vapers, who smoke or are switching from smoking tobacco, reportedly start with tobacco flavours but later switch to fruit and other food-related flavours. Food flavours available include berry, lime, coconut and citrus, sweet flavours such as vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, mint, and toffee as well as alcohol flavours such as bourbon. Capsaicin content
'Research investigating how taste and aroma enhance satiation will support the development of flavours that induce or increase the feeling of satiation while reducing food intake.'©iStock The team also discussed the inclusion of capsaicin in vaping liquids to help weight control. Its inclusion in the diet has been found to enhance anorexigenic sensations including satiety and fullness. “Research investigating how taste and aroma enhance satiation will support the development of flavours that induce or increase the feeling of satiation while reducing food intake,” said Professor Bernhard Breier, Massey University college chair in human nutrition. “Such approaches will advance knowledge about enhanced sensory attributes generated through the smell, taste, colour, temperature and mouth-feel of particular vapours.
” According to Dr Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling and deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, the benefits of e-cigarettes for smokers have been shown to far outweigh the harms as vaping carries around 5% of the risk of smoking. “However, this paper is not suggesting that we should promote e-cigarettes to non-smokers or non-vapers for weight management,” she added. The team said vaping was not without risks, with concerns about the constituents of some food flavourings.
Research has suggested diacetyl levels in some e-cigarette liquids are potentially harmful even at levels 100 times lower than in tobacco smoke. “Vaping only shares some like sensations with eating – like aroma, taste, the hand to mouth action, a mouth feel,” said associate professor Marewa Glover from Massey University’s school of public health and lead author of the research. “Of course people are not actually ingesting vapour, so it isn’t the same.”
She added: “We really need to do some research to test the effect of vaping specific flavoured e-liquids on satiety and try and identify the effective component of what’s happening. "The brain could experience some conditioned response to what some vapers have called the 'smaste' (smell and taste), but if other satiation signals do not follow, i.e. a feeling of fullness or digestive signals, then the craving for that food (if the person was craving) would likely quickly return.” Revising EU regulation Weight gain usually occurs following smoking cessation as people replaced smoking with snacking. ©iStock The UK government recently stated that while the flavourings used in e-cigarettes were not banned, producers had to submit detailed information about their products to its Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This comes under the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive , which came into effect in May this year. The directive states: "All ingredients in the product should be listed on the label where they are used in quantities of 0.1% or more of the final formulation of the e-liquid. "Where a flavour ingredient contains several component chemicals, it is acceptable to describe the ingredient on the label by the name of the flavour, for example ‘strawberry flavour’." Dr Susan Jebb, Professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford added that one of the reasons weight gain follows smoking cessation was that many people replaced smoking with snacking, often on high energy foods. “This article makes a plausible case that quitting with e-cigarettes which contain nicotine especially those with sweet or food-related flavours may reduce the risk of weight gain. But to date there have been no clinical trials to test this idea.” Could food flavoured e-cigarettes be used to fight the flab?