The manifesto has been redone to reflect ideas from here, the Vapers In Power FB pages and AAEC and POTV. I think there is a broad
general agreement on the ideas in it (though please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) although it's unlikely that everyone is going to agree with everything in it. Please suggest changes to the language, grammar and punctuation, if you have the time to look at it
There are 2 footnote references which haven't copied and pasted over - Letter from Dr Farsalinos and other key scientists sent to the EU
and the ECITA blog on the toxicity of eliquid
If it is a good idea to have references then it could probably do with a few more. It definitely needs a concluding sentence too.
Vapers In Power Manifesto (28.11.2014 revised)
Vapers In Power exists to uphold the right of smokers and ex-smokers to practise harm reduction using all types of ecigs: whether using technically-advanced devices, or generation one “cig-a-likes”.
Ecigs and The Tobacco Products Directive (Article 20)
Ecigs are a powerful harm reduction tool because users can tailor their vaping experience to suit their individual tastes and needs. To satisfy this need the ecig market offers a wide selection of devices - and an even wider choice of eliquid flavours and strengths. Vapers In Power rejects Article 20 of The Tobacco Products Directive, (compliance for the EU member states from May 2016) because it imposes heavy-handed and inappropriate regulations which will outlaw effective ecigs and eliquids. Article 20 limits the nicotine strength in eliquids to an arbitrary and unscientific 20mg/ml, based on the misreading and misinterpretation of a scientific paper that was submitted in good faith by Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos at the request of the European Commission. This limit will prevent heavy smokers from switching from tobacco to ecigs, and will cost lives. The legislators have also ignored modern scientific knowledge of the toxicity of nicotine , and impose a limit on eliquid bottle capacity to 10mls, thereby creating an increased choking hazard. Article 20 imposes a six-month notification regime for new ecig products, with no justification. Member states will be allowed to ban all non-medical ecigs, and eliquid flavourings. Article 20 proposes outrageously expensive and largely irrelevant testing procedures, yet fails to address the real safety concerns which most vapers would welcome regulation on – limits on diketones, for example. It also applies an advertising ban on ecigs, which will reduce the number of new users moving from smoking to vaping.
This inappropriate and heavy-handed regulation will squander the current and future public health gains from ecigs. Ecigs are not tobacco products and should never have been included in this directive. The TPD protects the interests of the pharmaceutical companies, which produce ineffective nicotine replacement therapies, and drugs to treat smoking related illnesses. Article 20 also perversely gives an advantage to the tobacco companies, as cigarettes will be more widely available than ecigs.
It’s important to realise that ecigs have not been shown to harm, they are actually starting to generate measurable population-level health benefits
Appropriate Regulation for Ecigs
What is appropriate regulation for ecigs? Vapers In Power supports the continuation of general consumer product regulations applying to ecigs and eliquid, with certain provisos:
• We call for new legislation to regulate the sales of ecigs to minors.
• We want appropriate warnings on eliquid bottles, to reflect the actual toxicity of nicotine, and to comply with any relevant CLP regulations.
• We are committed to affordable and effective testing for known or potential dangers in flavoured eliquids, and for eliquid manufacturers to be inspected for hygiene under existing legislation.
• We believe that existing consumer legislation is sufficient for the safety of batteries and chargers. Ecig vendors should supply comprehensive guidelines about battery and charger safety with ecig battery products. We will also push to end the dangerous situation whereby 5V chargers and 4.2V chargers can be used interchangeably.
• We demand regulations to ensure that ecig devices are adequately vented, where appropriate
We do not accept that ecigs should be classified as either tobacco or medicinal products because they do not fall into either category: ecigs should be regulated as a general consumer product.
Vaping and society
Vaping needs wide public acceptance if it is to continue saving lives.
• We will push for action against bogus science and propaganda that endangers life. Journalists and scientists who misrepresent research should be held to account – their actions have fatal consequences.
• We will support the thriving, small ecig businesses which are driving innovation in the ecig sector, and boosting local economies by employing local people.
• We want the maximum taxation for ecigs and eliquid to be levied at the VAT rate: we believe it would be morally wrong to sin tax this infinitely less harmful tobacco alternative
• We will defend the right of individuals to use ecigs in all outside public spaces.
We will defend the right of the individual to decide whether ecig use should be permitted on their property.
• We shall provide publicly accessible establishments with up-to-date guidelines on vaping in public.
• We are committed to educating both individuals and corporate bodies with regards to the facts of ecig use and harm reduction.
• We call on employers who prohibit the use of ecigs in the workplace to re-assess their policies, and at minimum to provide separate shelters.
• We defend the right to promote ecigs in public