Nearly every national government in the world is battling with the notion of e-cigs and vaping regulations. Yet all of them seem to be making the same incorrect assumption – that nicotine and tobacco are one in the same. While traditional cigarettes contain both, the e-juice of vaping devices is completely tobacco-free.
How can so may political leaders get the same simple fact so completely wrong? According to Clive Bates, a former Director General of Wales, it might not be a mistaken assumption. It might be an intentional conspiracy of epic proportions.
While the U.S. is dealing with misinformation from the CDC and proposed FDA regulations that would essentially annihilate the entire vaping industry overnight, the 28 countries of the European Union (EU) are dealing with their own set of deadly laws. The Tobacco Products Directive, otherwise known as TPD Article 20, is about to swing into action on May 20, 2016 – less than three weeks away. And according to Mr. Bates, both Europe and the United States are issuing these regulations as “defacto protection” of Big Tobacco, an industry with very deep pockets and massive political influence worldwide.
According to Bates, TPD Article 20 will require all vape retailers, distributors, and wholesalers to:
- Pay up to 4000 euros per product for official MRHA notification.
- The 4000-euro fee would be paid for each technological product, including new mods, batteries, coils, etc.
- The 4000-euro fee would be paid for each brand of e-liquid. If the brand is offered in different nicotine strengths, then a 4000-euro fee must be paid for each different variation.
- Each of the 28 countries in the EU must be notified.
- Notification must be submitted in written form in some 26 different languages.
- Each country has a different notification process and related requirements for documentation.
- MRHA notification for all 28 countries must be completed at least six months in advance of the product release.
Why would the European Union issue such costly and complicated demands? According to Bates, government officials cannot ban vaping technology outright. So, they are trying to make the buying and selling of e-cigarettes as difficult as possible for everyone involved. In doing so, vapers might relapse back into smoking, which fills the coffers of Big Tobacco who can then give more financial rewards to government politicians in the form of campaign contributions and other incentives.