The Role of Uncertainty in Regulating E-Cigarettes: The Emergence of a Regulatory Regime, 2005-15

Joshua Newman

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Abstract

Increasingly, the regulation of public health hazards is subject to an appraisal of the risk of harm to various target populations. However, an expanding body of evidence suggests that when faced with a deficit of information concerning a particular public health risk, governments and regulators do very little to address the risk directly. By examining the case of the first ten years of the availability of electronic cigarettes (2005-15), this article illustrates a scenario in which regulation to manage public health risks does not occur, because there is insufficient information to support a particular course of action. It then argues that when information is sparse, regulators can find themselves in a zone of uncertainty within which regulatory action can be a significant challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-429
Number of pages23
JournalPolitics & Policy
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Uncertainty
  • Regulation policy
  • Public health risk
  • Regulatory regime
  • E-cigarettes
  • Vaping
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Health policy regulation
  • Electronic smoking
  • Regulation action
  • Tobacco

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