A recent report has emerged from Belgium’s authority embracing the fact that vaping is a safer and healthier option than smoking cigarettes and look to move forward with more promotion of vaping within the country.
The relative risk of e-cigarettes compared to smoking is also clear: e-cigarettes are considered to be significantly less harmful than cigarettes
Although the report does go on to say that e-cigarettes are not recommended for non-smokers, especially young people.
Belgium’s Superior Health Council are now advocating the use of e cigarettes as a tool for quitting smoking, and I feel it’s about time this advocation was given by the higher powers of a country regarding vaping! They believe people who use e cigarettes exclusively to give up smoking will help decrease the number of people suffering from smoking related diseases.
The report made a suggestion that the availability and accessibility of traditional cigarettes in shops should become more restricted and replaced with e-cigarettes and vape juice. They followed up with the idea of how to do this being higher taxes and excise duties being placed on tobacco products in an effort to turn people away from buying them. Quite a good idea I think.
Underage Vaping & Tax
But the SHC also stated it must be mindful of the probability of underage users wanting to start vaping with it being more readily available and promoted in the country. A proposal of also including excise duty on e-cigarettes has been made, but not anywhere near the one of that on cigarettes so it wouldn’t turn people away from the thought of using e cigarettes.
They also want Pharmaceutical intervention as we have in the United Kingdom, to help monitor, detect, and prevent any adverse effects within these products.
As the report states at the end, this is merely an opinion given to lawmakers of Belgium, and they can only make suggestions to politicians who can then take it higher but hopefully this will be reviewed and bought into practice sooner rather than later. The more countries that adopted this approach the better as perhaps it will encourage others to follow suit.
James has an extensive knowledge on vaping and the industry having been involved with vaping for the last 7 years. James has worked within our company in different roles over the last 5 years and is now writing content for our website as a Digital Content Copywriter.