Medical researchers divided on categorising of vaping products

JOHANNESBURG - Some medical researchers have argued that government will have a tough time regulating vaping products because they are difficult to categorise.

On Wednesday the Vapour Product Association held a panel discussion on the health implications of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco.

Government says vaping and normal cigarettes are the same and has expressed its intention to regulate accordingly.

On the issue of regulation, Dr Kgosi Letlape says government should consider already existing framework.

“We have all these pundits that come about we don’t know this, we don’t know this, what is it that we know?”

University of Cape Town Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit says this is one of the few times where the medical community is divided on the veracity of the research rather than how it should be implemented.

“It’s not a consumer produce, it’s not a nicotine medication it’s not a supplement, it’s not a tobacco product. So I think the regulators have a challenge to quickly regulate.”

Some medical researchers have argued that businesses and doctors need to be wary of indirectly advertising vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking.
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