The bungled science has been revealed – Now they need to review the tobacco products directive

The news that new scientific evidence proves e-cigarette liquid is no more dangerous than washing up liquid is a game changer. Scientists have revealed that basic maths errors by EU officials mean e-cigarette liquid has been wrongly categorised as a highly dangerous substance. Instead of being categorised alongside deadly chemicals like strychnine and formaldehyde, e-liquid belongs to be in a much lower hazard category alongside washing-up liquid.

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If they can get that simple mathematical equation wrong, then what else has potentially been bungled or overstated? Firstly, they need to retrace every step that has seen hugely restrictive legislation and the threat of further sanctions come down on this industry like a sandstorm.

The Tobacco Products Directive, and the decision to use it to beat the entire e-cigarettes industry into submission, needs to be reviewed as a matter of urgency.

Liberty Flights will from today be making strong representations to every authority and regulatory body we can reach to ensure that rallying call is heard loud and clear around Europe.

The news today from toxicology consultancy bibra shows that the concentration of nicotine in e-liquid which is below 25mg/ml or 2.5% is so harmless that it doesn’t even require a hazard warning on its bottle.

We recognise that the e-cigarette industry is new and is still being defined, but the scaremongering by some elements of the media and political lobbying against this potentially life saving alternative to a product that is proven to kill, and takes the lives of millions of people every year, threatens the very future of this incredible new innovation.

It is further proof that the ruling of the TPD to outlaw e-liquid above the strength of 2% needs significant review as it has been drawn up without credible scientific foundation. This ruling has the biggest impact on heavy smokers as they need strength above 2% in order to substitute the nicotine they get from cigarettes.

Why has the European Parliament decided to ban e liquid above 2% strength from 2016? What scientific evidence supports this new ruling? It could appear to some that the Government simply wants to ban e-cigarettes, but the growing body of scientific evidence is showing that this policy is wrong and could come at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives of British citizens.

This is also important news for consumers who are looking to make an informed decision about switching to e cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco. Whilst acknowledging that further longitudinal research is required, knowing that e-liquid is no more toxic than washing up liquid goes a long way to address the fears they may have had about what e liquid contains.

Liberty Flights has always welcomed the continued push for further scientific research into e cigarettes and as a board member of ECITA we are working to continuously raise quality standards in the industry.

We hope that the British Government will recognise this public health opportunity and push back against this European ruling that threatens the future of this wonderful new product.


12 thoughts on “The bungled science has been revealed – Now they need to review the tobacco products directive

  1. E liquid is commonly comprised of 4 ingredients. Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, Nicotine and flavourings. Flavourings and nicotine are both constants, meaning a fixed volume is added to each e liquid mix.

  2. I do not believe false reports and negative press regarding e cigs is a co-incidence. Governments and tobacco companies make billions from smokers and its no surprise they are reluctant to lose that without a fight. They have endless resources to lobby for legislation changes, reward scientific research that serves their purpose and to employ the services of thousands of journalists. I dont see how sending petitions to any government will help as for any piece of research that proves e cigs are harmless there will be many many more that will “prove” that they are harmul. The posturing that is happening now is to justify taxing ecigs in the same way that tobacco is currently taxed. Look at it from a governments point of view, if all the tobacco tax were to disappear it would have severe economic consequences.

  3. It is a difficult debate as there is clearly a health benefit to E-Cigs but…and I am not saying that all people are fooled but that it is not natural to put any form of smoke/vapour into our lungs and there fore can only lead down a rocky road so there it is quite clearly going to be a health hazard to vaping which appears to be yet uncovered. I am an E-cig user and I could not be without it and I think e-cigs trump the cigarettes every day of the week. If E-Cigs are used as a tool to give up nicotine all together then this is the best tool on the market in my opinion although everyone is different and have their own opinions, however in a controlled environment I am sure people would be very successful at stopping altogether with an E-Cig at their side. I am currently enjoying vaping too much to show the control to stop altogether but do use the lowest strength liquids that liberty flights offer in a pre-mixed solution. if the scientific study could be completed correctly and kept in context with how the liquid is used then the stats will actually mean something to the people who are smoking the vapour as opposed to drinking it but only time will really show the long term effects if any are to be had. Of course a certain amount of tests are required to understand the impact to drinking the liquid too as we need to under stand the implications of all forms of ingestion of the substance so we can offer safety instructions. E-cigs and liberty have my backing with their fight to improve the e-cig industry as there does need to be an amount of control over the substances used in the liquids as I want to have piece of mind that the ingredients being used are safe to inhale at least to some degree as opposed to companies being able to put what ever they like in and not tell you about it.

  4. Why can’t 100 vapour users just line up and drink 4-5 bottles of the stuff. That is what happens when children get a hold of it (with about the same liquid to mass ratio).

    Then measure their blood nicotine levels and see if it is indeed safe in that regard. If so just remove the danger label 😀
    A simple but effective study.

  5. For years Tobacco Control has overstated, exaggerated and maximised the supposed dangers of nicotine. The EU will naturally have made the mistake of choosing a high category (I’m surprised it was not lumped in with Sarin, plutonium, ricin, etc.!). But now that the truth is out, we must all ensure that every regulation that is based on this categorisation is discredited and overturned. With luck, the whole sham edifice will come tumbling down, and we will again be able to choose for ourselves what we put into our lungs.

  6. The report is purely based on the dangers posed by oral consumption or dermal skin exposure to eliquids. It says nothing whatsoever about the risks of inhalation. I’m a vapour myself and agree that we should be allowed eliquids greater than 20mg/ml but this sort of pseudo science and the false implication of safety by ecig companies such as Liberty Flights makes me as angry as the rubbish coming from the regulators. Unfortunately the community is faced with two extremes both grinding their own axes and a total lack of science and unbiased research explained in simple, unbiased terms.

    • Nope, I’m sorry, you’re absolutely wrong. The 20mg limit was put into the TPD as a *direct* result of fears and misinformation about the perceived toxicity of the eliquid, NOT about the risks of inhalation. That being the case, it is most definitely the correct and just course of action to challenge that assertion and change the law. The assessment was on the CLP requirements for hazards of the liquid, based upon the LD50 figures from experimentation, which were grossly misinterpreted when determining the hazard rating. It has been peer reviewed both internally by the consultant toxicologist firm and by external experts in the field and in no way can be dismissed as pseudo science.

      • OK, good point, thanks. I didn’t realise the 20mg limit was based simply on the toxicity of the actual liquid. But I still hold that the headline “scientific evidence proves e-cigarette liquid is no more dangerous than washing up liquid” is very misleading to the casual reader and you can bet it’ll be used (falsely) as evidence of the safety of inhalation by those that should know better.

  7. When Liberty Flights is making representations to various authorities (as is stated in the article), wouldn’t it also be useful to have support from customers/ecig-users – perhaps them writing supporting statements. Liberty Flights could provide some way to do this through their blog and collect the comments to pass on the EU, etc. There are lots of people, like myself, who use liquid stronger than 2%, so giving them a voice here would be useful I reckon.

  8. Yes… But how do we know that they’ve got this right? It could still be dangerous, they just got it wrong…. Again!

    • There is a lot we don’t know about e cigarettes but what we do know is that the alternative kills over 100k people a year in the UK alone…

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