'E-cigarettes have radically complicated the landscape of public health aims, agendas, and strategies, especially given the context of the tobacco endgame. They bring multiple layers of scientific, as well as political and regulatory, complexity and disagreement. This carefully-curated volume brings competing voices and perspectives, and at once highlights a crucial variety of considerations at the core of agendas to promote governance for health, and underscores the challenges we find in reason and reasoning within an environment of polarisation and uncertainty.'
– John Coggon, University of Bristol, UK
‘This unique book addresses one of the most important challenges facing the tobacco control community today. Should regulators treat e-cigarettes as a public health threat or rather as a chance to fully eradicate the tobacco epidemic? Gruszczynski’s interdisciplinary volume provides a much-needed map that can help answer this question.’
– Witold Zatoński, Health Promotion Foundation, Poland
‘This is a fascinating collection of chapters on the regulation of an uncertain, ambiguous and controversial topic. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the multitude of perspectives on the topic of e-cigarettes and the law. The volume contains contributions from both advocates of more lenient regimes and contributions propagating a stricter regulation. In addition, it contains chapters from different regions, from the global level as well as from different legal fields.’
– Wouter Werner, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands and University of Curacao, Curacao
‘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