Curious but not surprising! Following the health scandal in the United States concerning the famous pulmonary pathology that would be "linked to vaping", France has just launched a platform for reporting severe pneumonia in its territory.
If the approach seems innocuous and rather honest, it is clear that the launch of a reporting platform for severe pneumonia remains a bad signal for smokers. " Keep smoking because the e-cigarette is probably dangerous!"This is the message that can be read through the lines just weeks before the launch of the new edition of the" Month without tobacco".
A wind of paranoia coming from the United States? Obviously! Since this summer, the e-cigarette has been the focus of attention after an outbreak of severe pneumonia in the United States. To date, 1080 people would suffer from lung problems, 18 people have died. Among the patients, 80% would have less than 35 years and 16%, less than 18 years. However, it is the oil of THC (cannabis) that would be concerned by this tragedy and not the personal vaporizer ... But no matter, the precautionary principle lies in the land of human rights!
France is not affected at the moment thanks to its legislation which differs from that of the United States, as explained by the professor Jerome Salomon, Director General of Health: « We are very attentive to the application of the European directive on products containing in particular nicotine and therefore we have the same rules as for tobacco. The fact that the level of nicotine is also limited in Europe to 20 mg / ml is an important subject.«
But beyond the effects of nicotine, the suspicions of health authorities are particularly focused on mixtures of substances, additives, additions of flavors or cannabidiol refills containing THC, the psychoactive agent of cannabis.
A VAPOTAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO INQUIRE THE HEALTH AUTHORITIES
Even though the e-cigarette is often recommended as a smoking cessation aid, today more and more non-smoking high school students are vaping and entering into nicotine addiction. this bias. A situation that worries the French health authorities.
« We have one in two high school students who has already tested and we have one in six high school students in France, it explodes, which vapote every day! If it's used, not as a weaning tool, but to go into an addiction, especially if these products contain nicotine, we really have a problem because there is marketing around dyes, additives, aromas and that's really problematic.« , explains Professor Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health.
As a precaution, the ARS, the health establishments and the professionals are invited to report cases of suspected severe pneumonia on a dedicated platform.
source : Francetvinfo.fr/