Health experts have reassured the UK community that vaping is safe, after the outbreak of a respiratory illness, in the US, that has been linked to multiple deaths and hospitalisations.
Whilst we are still unsure about how the deaths in the US have occurred, they appear to be linked to the use of illegal THC e‑liquids containing a synthetic vitamin E oil (tocopheryl‑acetate) and other additives.
At Ecigwizard we can confirm that none of our e‑liquids contain the substance tocopheryl‑acetate.
Regulations in place within the UK will protect British vapers from serious illnesses, according to various health experts. The UK vaping industry is the second‑largest market and one of the most well‑regulated vaping industries in the world and Britain has introduced various new laws to guarantee the safety of consumers. In 2017, The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) implemented additional laws for nicotine‑containing electronic cigarettes and refill containers, to further increase the safety of UK vaping products. Each vaping company within the UK must adhere to these rules, which include:
- Ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine, taurine and diacetyl (a chemical linked to the respiratory illness ‘popcorn lung’)
- Include new labelling requirements and warnings on all packaging.
- Require all e‑cigarettes and e‑liquids be notified to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) before they can be sold.
- Restrict e‑liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml.
The UK vaping industry has a rigorously regulated market in comparison to the US, who have much looser regulations, and this is advocated by Martin Dockrell, head of Tobacco Control at Public Health England, who recently stated:
“Unlike the US, all e‑cigarette products in the UK are tightly regulated for quality and safety by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and they operate the yellow card scheme, encouraging vapers to report any bad experiences”.
Public Health England has previously said that “the current best estimate is that e‑cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking”. In addition Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health, has claimed that there have been no serious vaping related side effects reported in the UK and informs consumers that they can easily check the safety of their products online: “In Britain, you can check on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website whether the product you’re using has been notified and can be legally sold.”
A large portion of the products that are suspected to have contributed to these illnesses are thought to have been homemade or purchased illicitly on the black market. According to various sources within the US, the companies responsible for selling these products have since removed the e‑liquids from their listings or shutdown their company entirely. All e‑liquids containing THC are banned within the UK so it is highly unlikely that you will find any of the products causing harm on sale at reputable vaping companies. This is a sentiment that is backed by Professor Linda Bauld, a public health expert at Edinburgh University who said:
“It seems highly unlikely that widely available nicotine‑containing vaping products, particularly of the type regulated in Europe, are causing these cases,”. “All the evidence to date suggests that illicit marijuana vaping products (THC oils) are the cause. In particular, a compound called tocopherol acetate may be the culprit.”
Paul Aveyard, a professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford, has stated that: “These cases are worrying and need investigating but advice from all official bodies in the UK is that it is always preferable to vape than to smoke. These reports should not change that advice.”
At Ecigwizard, your safety is our priority and we can confirm that none of our e‑liquids contain the substance tocopheryl‑acetate. We have a number of measures in place to ensure that our e‑liquids are fit for consumption. We are based in the UK and operate to an ISO 9001 accredited level. This includes an ISO Class 8 Cleanroom and an independent laboratory equipped with UKAS certified equipment. The majority of our flavours are sourced right here in the UK, at our state of the art, purpose‑built laboratories. Each of our e‑liquids are fully CLP and TPD compliant and are manufactured under the strictest conditions. Every batch of e‑liquid that we produce undergoes meticulous GC‑MS testing, meaning that vapers, and smokers looking to switch to vaping, can be sure that the products they are consuming are of a high standard and safe.