In Switzerland, anti-tobacco experts ask for five times higher nicotine clearance for e-cigarettes than Federal Council. The request was made this Tuesday during the review by the Health Committee of the Council of States of the new law on tobacco products.
Behind this proposal, we find Dominique Sprumont, from the University of Neuchâtel, Jean-François Etter, from the University of Geneva and Thomas Zeltner, the former director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). The idea of this request: push a maximum of smokers towards e-cigarettes considered less bad for health than conventional cigarettes.
For them, we must continue to protect minors from the dangers of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, through advertising and sales bans. But adult smokers should benefit from less harmful alternatives, they claim. The ultimate goal would be to drastically reduce the costs of health.
In addition, the Federal Council wants to set the maximum dose of nicotine in e-liquid at 20 mg / ml, as advocated by a European Union directive. But this limit is not based on convincing scientific data, according to experts. In addition, higher concentrations would allow vapers to satisfy their dependence on nicotine while absorbing only a minimal amount of harmful particles in aerosol, they explain.
A WARNING AGAINST JUUL!
Their proposal does not convince everyone, far from it. According to the Tages-Anzieger and the Bund, some 40 doctors wrote a letter to the State Commission to warn against new products such as the Juul e-cigarette. According to practitioners, "the health risks will be far from negligible if the state allows these products to make the brain particularly sensitive to young people dependent on nicotine».
The director of the Swiss Foundation for Addictions, Gregory Vittoz, is also opposed to the proposal of the experts. For him, the issue of nicotine levels in e-cigarettes is secondary. The most important thing is to prevent young people from vaping. The European standard of 20 milligrams proposed by the Federal Council goes in the right direction.