Harsh regulations in Spain collapsed the e-cigarette market
Back in December of last year, Spanish authorities announced harsh anti-e-cigarette regulations that were focused primarily on banning the use of such devices in all public places. Now it looks like those regulations, along with some concentrated anti e-cigarette campaigns, have caused some about 70 percent of ecig business to disappear. Almost 60 percent of all electronic cigarette outlets in the country have now closed and it appears that another 20 percent will soon follow.
The ‘Spanish National Vaping Association’ or simply ‘ANEV’ says the decrease in popularity of electronic cigarettes has been triggered by an organized movement at an international scale aimed at casting a dark shadow on this functioning alternative to combustible smoking, and thinks they should not be regulated the same way as traditional smokes. The Association is convinced that puffing on such a device, often referred to as ‘vaping’ and not ‘smoking’ because the byproduct is vapor rather than smoke, is far less hazardous to our bodies than combustible tobacco as some recent studies have shown.
According to ANEV, there is another ongoing move aimed at helping people quit tobacco that's strangling the ecig industry, but as some health studies have shown, these other nicotine delivery products also have some nasty side effects if we are to look at a recent post by Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.
Efforts to make e-cigarettes appear perilous and even deadly are driven primarily by the financial interests of pharmaceutical companies that continue to cash in on mind-blowing profits from selling other tobacco cessation produces. By banning e-cigarette use in almost all public and even many private places, Spain has essentially sent many of its vapers back to smoking tobacco.
If this trend continues, ANEV predicts that 20 percent of shops specialized in selling electronic cigarettes and accessories in Spain could end up bankrupted even though they have been operating for a small period of time.
This could very well be indicative of what might happen in other places like the United States if e-cigarettes are considered under the same category as tobacco products for the purposes of bans and sales restrictions. In essence, if the industry is not crippled, it may simply be handed over to the few big tobacco or pharmaceuticals companies that can afford the various and massive costs of doing business.
ANEV also believes that this could let to a wave of unemployment, as people decided to start off their own eicg related business since they couldn't find any jobs in the traditional sector.
Despite the fact that they contain nicotine and propylene glycol and the long term effects on humans is still unknown, many EU countries like France or Italy have been promoting them as a viable way of cutting down and eventually quit smoking permanently. They are recommended by doctors and oncologists as a mean to stop inhaling the thousands of chemicals found in tobacco smoke.