Category Archives: ECTA Position Statements

Mechanical and Hybrid Mods (ie: Mechanical Vaporizers)

Mechanical and Hybrid Mods (ie: Mechanical Vaporizers)

All electronic devices are vulnerable to battery and device failure. These occurrences, while rare, are documented internationally and affect many products including laptops, tablets and cell phones – all of which share unique technology components with electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers. Malfunctions in most regulated commercial electronic cigarette / personal vaporizing devices result in that…

Why Juice Should Be Tested

Why Juice Should Be Tested

Being an ECTA member, regardless of membership type, requires that the ejuice you sell or manufacture is required to be tested. While some may find it pointless or unnecessary, there are reasons to our madness. Read further to discover the rationale, and why testing your juice is important. It was only a few years ago…

ECTA Label Policy

ECTA Label Policy

The next time you walk through the grocery store, take a closer look at the product labels on the shelf. Regardless of the country of origin, from canned goods to shampoo to cosmetics, there are commonalities on all the labels in their respective departments. Likewise, E-Liquid is bound to certain labeling standards as well. While…

Sales to Minors

Sales to Minors

After more than a decade in the market, there remains an unfortunate absence of legislation, in Canada and internationally, restricting electronic cigarette sales from minors. This issue is due, in part, to confusion among policy makers on a regulatory category for the product. To be clear, electronic cigarettes are adult products. They provide no benefit to…

Range of E-Liquid Flavourings

Range of E-Liquid Flavourings

Are electronic cigarette manufacturers intentionally or inadvertently targeting children and youth with the wide range of flavors? Electronic cigarette eliquid (the consumable and flavored portion) is not tobacco, nor organic in nature.  As such, eliquid has no inherent or base flavor, as would be the case with tobacco. Flavors are achieved using common food flavorings,…

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Are electronic cigarettes a “smoking cessation” device or therapy? The term “smoking cessation” has become associated with programs designed, in a therapeutic manner, to end an individual’s relationship with and reliance on tobacco products. They generally have a prescribed start and specified end to achieve treatment. Electronic cigarettes are a “harm reduction substitute for tobacco”…

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

Policy makers and some medical professionals continue to speak on the unknown risks of electronic cigarettes as a “Tobacco Harm Reduction” technology. FACT – Smoking Tobacco Cigarettes WILL harm you and potentially the people around you. We are a society engaged in consistent harm reduction policies. From food science to laptop monitors to seatbelts and…

Re-Normalization of Smoking / Tobacco Use

Re-Normalization of Smoking / Tobacco Use

Some policy makers and organizations are expressing concerns that electronic cigarettes reverse social progress made on de-normalizing smoking. Electronic cigarettes are, in fact, designed to de-normalize the act of smoking combustible tobacco. The experiential difference for both users and by-standers is substantial. Smoking cigarettes involves inhaling tar and smoke, leaving an acrid, lingering odour and…

Regulation

Regulation

Electronic cigarettes require a regulatory framework to protect consumers and businesses. Health Canada is requesting regulation as medicines and drug devices. The FDA is proposing regulation as tobacco. Electronic cigarettes are neither. ECTA, members of the industry, scientific and medical researchers, and consumer interest groups, worldwide, are calling for regulations in line with similar consumer…

Involvement of Tobacco Companies in the E-Cigarette Industry

Involvement of Tobacco Companies in the E-Cigarette Industry

There persists perception among many that the electronic cigarette industry is linked to or is a brainchild of “big tobacco”, and their mentality regarding the health effects of tobacco products has been superimposed on our industry. Electronic cigarettes were created initially by a pharmacist looking for a way to free himself from a life-time of…