A large government study on tobacco use, scheduled to be released Thursday, is unlikely to provide many details about e-cigarette use, experts say. The lack of data will make it more difficult to set policies about e-cigarettes, they note.
The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, conducted over five years, included 46,000 people, according to Reuters. It is expected to provide information about smoking behavior that could influence regulations on warning labels, new product approvals and advertising restrictions.
“While all this data that is being accumulated through the PATH study is great, it is unclear to me how much is going to be useful for setting the policy and regulations of the future.” said Scott Ballin, a health policy consultant based in Washington, D.C.