Electronic cigarettes can be shown in UK TV adverts from 10 November, the Committee of Advertising Practice says.
While the advertising of e-cigarettes on TV is currently allowed, the device itself must not appear on screen.I expect the reactionary dinosaur wing of the tobacco control industry were spitting scales at this news because it's another big step towards a rightful general acceptance of e-cigs by society at large.
What better on a Friday can I offer you than that, eh? Compound their discomfort tonight by celebrating with with a beer and a moody curry, why doncha.
Advertising of tobacco products is banned in the UK, except in the trade press.Indeed it is, but as anyone who knows anything about e-cigs is aware (not applicable to aforesaid tobacco control dinosaurs) e-cigs are not tobacco products. It's something that the CAP were much at pains to stress in their Regulatory Statement - in fact, they stressed it no less than five times (emphases mine).
Rule 4: Marketing communications / advertisements must make clear that the product is an e-cigarette and not a tobacco product.
Neither this rule, nor the broader rule framework within which it sits, prohibits products being shown, or shown in use, either in broadcast or non-broadcast advertising, so long as it is clear that the product is an e-cigarette and not a tobacco product
E-cigarettes are not a tobacco product and are not currently subject to the same legislative controls as tobacco;
BCAP consider that the new rules, which have strong prohibitions about the indirect promotion of tobacco and which require advertisements to make clear that the product is an e-cigarette and not a tobacco product, achieve the right balance between the legitimate right to commercial speech and the need to protect audiences from potentially harmful material.
Marketing communications must make clear that the product is an e-cigarette and not a tobacco product.Which begs the question, why are e-cigs included in the EU's Tobacco Products Directive and why, on Monday, is the global tobacco control industry gathering in Moscow to discuss them at the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control's COP6?
How is it that a British regulatory authority has the capability to both recognise the difference between e-cigs/tobacco and also create a unique, targeted regulatory environment applicable only to the new category, whereas the EU and FCTC - despite soaking up billions in taxes from us all - are incompetently unable to do the same?
Could it be that the ASA and CAP are independent and so properly impartial, thereby safely vaccinated (geddit?) against pharmaceutical sponsorship and special pleading ... unlike the EU's TPD and WHO's FCTC?