Frank Baeyens is a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers on human learning and on a variety of experimental psychopathology topics. In recent years, his research interests focused on the contribution of learning processes to acquired likes, preference, dependence & craving, and more specifically to smoking, vaping and nicotine use. As a convinced Tobacco Harm Reduction advocate, in close cooperation with Dr. Dinska Van Gucht (Thomas More University College, Antwerp) he is currently investigating the efficacy and the pro’s and con’s of electronic cigarettes in controlled lab studies, clinical trials, observational studies and survey research. His work on vaping is featured regularly in national and international media outlets, he was a member of the e-cig advisory committee of the Superior Health Council (Belgium), and an instructor in the first KULeuven MOOC focusing on electronic cigarettes.

Regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes in Belgium: Vapers and Tobacco Harm Reduction activists between hope and despair

Frank Baeyens | 18 February 2016

Federal Minister of Health Maggie De Block recently (Jan 26th 2016) announced the completion of the highly anticipated royal decree regulating electronic cigarettes in Belgium. While the royal decree has not been signed and published yet, media reports allow for a preliminary and hence somewhat cautious review and evaluation of its main features.

The estimated 160,000 Belgian vapers in Belgium as of 2015, and the 1.65 million current smokers, some of whom might consider trying out e-cigs for tobacco harm reduction (THR) have good reasons to rejoice, but also to be angry.

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