In recent days, some vapers and their entourage may have been pleased with the headlines in the media announcing the legalization of vaping liquids containing nicotine.
Unfortunately it is a tactic of communication. A carrot that is stirred periodically under the nose of the vapers to try to make them wait until 2018, 2019, 2020 ..? This same feint had already been used in May 2014 on the occasion of the presentation of the draft law on tobacco products. TheWednesday announcement 11 November 2015 concerning the transmission of bill on tobacco products in Parliament. That's all. No legalization of nicotine liquids in sight before long.
The Federal Council has decided not to take into account the comments made by Helvetic Vape in connection with the public consultation on the preliminary draft. On the contrary, law Project presented to Parliament contains strengthened definitions to ensure that vaping will be well assimilated to tobacco products. As the purpose of the law is to reduce the consumption of tobacco products (including vaping products), it will certainly not encourage smokers to switch to vaping. The ban on advertising will make it impossible to say that the switch to vaping is beneficial for the health of smokers, including on the internet. All details will be settled by ordinance, which will allow the Federal Council and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) to faithfully reproduce the Tobacco Products Directive (DPT) of the European Union (EU) in Switzerland. The bill will be reviewed by the Social Security and Public Health Commission (CSSS) beginning 2016 and should not be debated in Parliament before end 2016.
A other ad was made Wednesday 11 and went unnoticed. It is the adoption by the Federal Council of the National Addiction Strategy which will replace, among others, the National Tobacco Program. Again, the Federal Council has decided to ignore the Comments made by Helvetic Vape as part of thepublic hearing on this strategy. These comments recommended a paradigm shift regarding nicotine and its different modes of consumption. But the adopted text always speaks of "Tobacco" without any differentiation. Risk reduction, which is an important part of the National Addiction Strategy, is simply not applied to nicotine. It is surprising to see a government and an administration advocating as much risk reduction for all substances ... except one.
So if there is information to remember, it is that the current members of the Federal Council and in particular Mr Alain Berset do not take seriously the reduction of risks related to the consumption of nicotine and do not wish to quickly implement a effective strategy to reduce smoking in Switzerland. Advised by irrational fears and mercantile interests, the Federal Council prefers to rely on retrograde and costly methods that no longer give any tangible results for many years already.
source : Helvetic Vape