Vaping Post: What do you retain from the year 2016?
Pierre Bartsch: Belgium was in a tricky situation because nicotine has been forbidden in e-cigarettes until January 2016. Our Minister of Health followed the recommendations of the Belgian Superior Health Council (SHC) that declared the e-cigarette was not a threat for public health, rather a source of hope.
Vaping Post: What are your expectations for 2017?
“I dread the competition that will take place with the forthcoming marketing of heated tobacco products” -P. BartschPierre Bartsch: I have the feeling that e-cigarette is going to progress. I believe that vapers are now so convinced that e-cigarettes are less harmful than combusted tobacco, baptised “the killer”, that they fear to return to smoking. It’s a good prevention line. I dread the competition that will take place with the forthcoming marketing of heated tobacco products. Big Tobacco companies have unlimited fundings to carry out emission studies, which is not the case of independent manufacturers. Based on my scientific readings, the overall toxicity of heat-not-burn cigarettes is higher than the e-cigarette.