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in Cessation Policy & Harm Reduction, E-cigarettes

E-Cigarette Regulation Update March 2018

Globally-speaking, we are in the midst of a very large natural experiment in which e-cigarettes are being regulated in different ways around the world. Some countries classify and regulate them as electronic cigarettes, others as tobacco or tobacco-related products, while other countries regulate them as consumer products and/or medicines. How these vastly different regulatory approaches affect smoking rates and public health are yet to be determined; time, nationally representative surveillance data and health research will eventually tell. The table below summarizes the most common ways that e-cigarettes are classified around the world


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