Ban? The e-cigarette is on trial

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E-cigarette before court: A manufacturer is suing the ban

The dispute over the e-cigarette goes into the next round. In North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the electric glow stick is rated as a drug that must not be sold without approval. A manufacturer is now suing this prohibition before the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Münster.

E-cigarette: drugs or luxury foods? A manufacturer of e-cigarettes is currently suing the OVG Münster to classify the legally controversial glow sticks as luxury goods. He had lodged a complaint there after being unsuccessful in an urgent case against the Ministry of Health of North Rhine-Westphalia. The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry rated the e-cigarette as a drug, the sale of which is illegal without authorization.

Although the electric glow sticks are banned in some countries such as NRW or Bavaria, the product is very popular. According to the manufacturer, there are currently between 1.2 and 2 million consumers in Germany. Ascending trend.

According to its own assessment, the e-cigarette manufacturer has already achieved its first success in front of the OVG Münster, because the court "objected" in a legal notice that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes were rated as medicinal products by the Ministry of Health. A court spokesman said on Wednesday, "No decision has yet been made. However, the court declined to comment on the content during the ongoing proceedings. Although the "direction" of what the manufacturer had written in its press release was correct, "it goes in reporting, however, as if the company had already won. There can be no question of that, "reports the spokesman for the OVG. In the coming weeks, the court wanted to announce a decision in the urgent procedure.

Approval of the e-cigarette as a drug expensive, lengthy and complicated A similar case is currently being heard by the Cologne Administrative Court. A manufacturers' association is also complaining that e-cigarettes will no longer be listed as medicines. Approval as a drug is not only complicated, expensive and lengthy, it would also mean that the electric glow stems can only be sold to adults in pharmacies.

There are currently no scientifically based studies on the long-term consequences of enjoying e-cigarettes. According to the federal government, there are sufficient indications of a health-damaging effect to warn against consumption. The German Cancer Research Center and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment also warn of the health consequences.

E-cigarette is “vaped” Among the initiates, people don't talk about smoking but “vaping” the e-cigarette. The electric glow stick consists of a battery with electronics and air sensor, a tank and an evaporator chamber. The liquid, the flavored liquid, is heated in this chamber and evaporated at 65 to 120 degrees. To do this, the "steamer" either presses a small button or the mechanism is automatically started on every train. Otherwise the e-cigarette is switched off. Visually, the controversial product almost corresponds to conventional cigarettes.

The so-called liquids are available in numerous flavors with and without nicotine. In addition to the typical tobacco taste, there are also vanilla, almond and menthol. The carrier substance of the flavored liquid is propylene glycol. From this and often also from glycerin, the steam is created.

The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) criticized at the end of last year that the ingredients of e-cigarettes were only insufficiently declared by many manufacturers. Because in addition to nicotine, glycerin and propylene glycol, the liquids contain numerous other flavorings. The substances mentioned are suspected of being harmful to health. According to recent analyzes, the inhaled liquid vapor consists of up to 90 percent propylene glycol. This substance can cause respiratory irritation, as the BZgA warned. E-cigarette consumers, on the other hand, believe that the consumption of steam devices helps to stop or at least reduce the consumption of conventional cigarettes. In addition, there are no scientific evaluations that could prove a high degree of danger. (ag)

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