Research on Regulation of E-cigarettes and Nicotine Products

Research on Regulation of E-cigarettes and Nicotine Products
A 5-year study funded by the US National Cancer Institute will research regulatory methods for e-cigarettes and other nicotine products.

The five-year study will be funded by the US National Cancer Institute to investigate different regulatory approaches for e-cigarettes and other innovative nicotine products among adolescents and adults in seven countries. Lead author Professor David Hammond stated, "Understanding the use of these products among adolescents and adults can inform which policies are most effective in reducing tobacco use and curbing youth e-cigarette use.

He added, "The timing of this project is excellent as policies in Canada and other countries are still evolving." The university emphasized that while different countries are taking different strategies, some governments actually encourage the use of these products to quit smoking.

The UK leads the way in supporting harm reduction in tobacco.

An example is the United Kingdom, which has long supported the use of safer alternatives to reduce tobacco harm and the local smoking rates reflect this. The UK's Department of Health agency, Public Health England (PHE), has been recommending the switch from smoking to using e-cigarettes for years. Recently, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), also formally recognized these devices as effective smoking cessation aids.

Geoffrey Fong, a psychology professor and researcher at the University of Waterloo, will focus on how the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea handle these types of nicotine products. Fong said, "So far, people have mostly speculated on the impact of policies on e-cigarettes and other new nicotine products." During his tenure as professor, Fong will investigate the use of e-cigarettes among young people in the US, Canada, and the UK to determine trends among smokers and non-smokers.

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