The Regulation of E-cigarettes

International, European and National Challenges

Lukasz Gruszczynski ,

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The Regulation of E-cigarettes: International, European and National Challenges

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'The 20th century has been described as the century where governments allowed cigarettes to kill more than 100 million people (i.e. more than the first and second World Wars and the holocaust together). This excellent book is a timely study of the complex, regulatory challenges of e-cigarettes. The review of the scientific evidence relating to electronic cigarettes in Part I - and of international and European regulatory approaches in Part II - of this interdisciplinary, comparative study demonstrates the need for multilevel health governance with due regard to international human rights law, world trade law and health law. European health and risk regulations aim at respecting EU fundamental rights, EU constitutional law principles (e.g. precautionary, subsidiarity and proportionality principles) and legitimate ''constitutional pluralism'' in multilevel health governance. The case-studies of American and Chinese regulations of e-cigarettes in Part III of this book illustrate that ''Chinese state-capitalism'' (e.g. its denial of human rights and constitutional protection of citizens) and Anglo-American neo-liberalism (e.g. its frequent neglect of economic and social rights and international public goods) offer less comprehensive protection of citizen interests, as also confirmed by the current 'US-China trade wars'. Professor Gruszczynski's innovative book succeeds in demonstrating the complexity of ''ordo-liberal'' trade and health regulations of ''market failures'' and ''governance failures'' reconciling civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and health risks.'
- Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, European University Institute, Italy

Combining the insights of leading legal scholars and public health experts, this timely book provides up-to-date analysis of the various legal problems emerging at different levels of governance (international, European and national) in the context of the regulation of e-cigarettes.

Expert contributors investigate the possible application of the precautionary and harm reduction principles in this area, examining the legal constraints imposed on states by international and European rules, as well as the regulatory approaches currently in place in selected national jurisdictions. This ground-breaking book offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic, combining insights from medical, public health and legal perspectives.

The Regulation of E-cigarettes will be essential reading for both legal and public health scholars and students. Providing a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of the regulatory solutions applied to e-cigarettes, it will also be a key resource for governmental officials, NGO's and public health advocates.

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