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Why is there unrest about e-cigarettes?

There is unrest over e-cigarettes in the Netherlands and internationally. This not only applies to the media, which benefits from polarizing reporting in their publications, but the government has also responded to various developments regarding vapors. To separate the facts from assumptions, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport have published a message. Is the unrest about e-cigarettes removed with this or, on the contrary, fueled?

Unrest e-cigarettes in the US

In the United States some patients have died of lung complaints that may be related to the use of e-cigarettes. Note the words "single" and "possible." According to the US government, no fewer than 154,050 people died of lung cancer in 2018. The reasons vary, that cigarettes with tobacco smoking play a role is obvious. The problem is that there is often not one reason for a lung disease. Think of someone who smokes for thirty years, switches to e-cigarettes and dies of a lung disease. Is fumes then the cause?

Are there any known cases in the Netherlands?

Yes No Maybe. Because the relationship between vapors and lung complaints is difficult to establish, no conclusive statements can be made about this. Which organizations are considering this topic in the Netherlands?

  • National Poisons Information Center (NVIC)

  • Lareb Side Effects Center

  • The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

  • The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)

  • Health and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ)

  • The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS)

  • The Trimbos Institute

  • The NVALT

This network signals "unexpected and unknown health problems". At present, the national government cannot yet give concrete examples. Reference is often made to prohibition measures in US states (not at federal level) and concerns about the increasing use of young people. It is regrettable that there are concerns about e-cigarettes, that there are strikingly few concrete facts about this. It is also not mentioned that electric fumes as an alternative to fumes are actually encouraged by countries such as England.