EU Compromise To Affect E Cigarettes with Nicotine 0comments

The European Parliament voted on February 26th 2014, to adopt a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) containing language that will significantly affect the e cigarettes with nicotine sold in Europe. If there is any good news in that, it is the fact that things could have been a lot worse. Had it not been for MEPs standing firm against regulating e cigs as medical devices, the compromise reached over last few weeks would not have been possible.

European Voice reports that the TPD will allow electronic cigarettes to be regulated for general sale in the same way as most other consumer products. Individual member states can still decide to require a license for certain e cigarettes to be sold as medical devices should they so choose. As it now stands, the TPD states the following

  • Nicotine levels in e cigarettes will be limited to 20 mg/ml (or 2%)
  • Refillable cartridges will not be banned member states may choose ban individual cartridge types if they can prove justifiable safety concerns for doing so
  • If a particular type of cartridge is banned by at least three EU member states, it will then be unilaterally banned throughout Europem without need for further legislative action.

European Voice did not give a specific date for compliance in their report on the parliament vote. They did say that the EU would give all member states a reasonable amount of time to make whatever adjustments are necessary in their respective countries. The deadline is widely expected to be by the first half of 2016.

Where This Leaves Vapers

We d always hoped that the European Union would not restrict the sale of e cigs, and we re relieved to see that it won t. Certain factions within the EU have been intent on stamping out the e cigarette industry, ever since it became obvious that it would not fade away on its own. Thankfully the TPD rules allow for the continued availability of e cigarettes post 2016, albeit with new rules.

So where does that leave things? All the committed e cigarette companies will begin the process of preparing for the incoming TPD rules. VAPESTICK, through our founding membership of ECITA, is thankfully already some way towards already complying with many of the new rules, and we remain committed to continuing the provision of high quality products that fully comply with any new laws.

There is no reason at all why the recent goings on in the EU should discourage anyone from vaping, as either a replacement or supplement to their tobacco habit. We certainly hope the new rules will not encourage any vapers to return to the same level of tobacco consumption they had left behind. Electronic cigarettes remain the very best alternative tobacco product available on the market, despite what some factions of the European Parliament might want us to believe. If you are already a vaper then you will already know that.

VAPESTICK is entirely committed, over the long term, to offering high quality e cigarettes with nicotine and without. We will also continue to offer different models to meet different individual s preferences. As long as our customers want to purchase high quality vaping products and supplies (in accordance with all applicable laws), we will continue to produce and offer them! If you are an adult smoker and haven t yet tried a VAPESTICK, our V1 and V2 Disposable electronic cigarettes are always a great choice for anyone to get started.

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The announcement was made by the Dutch Health Ministry and is based on findings by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health. The ministry s policy statement emphasized the lack of existing data concerning the health effects of e cigarettes. “There is insufficient scientific evidence to be able to say whether the quantities of toxins in the exhaled air are dangerous for bystanders,” Dutch deputy health minister, Martin Van Rijn, wrote in a letter to parliament on Thursday.

As part of a policy move to address the health threats of e cigarettes, Van Rijn stated in his letter that he will take measures in national legislation in regard to advertising, safety, quality, and labeling of e cigarettes. These measures will be imposed before any European health policy consensus about the matter is reached.

Reaching a Consensus About E cigarettes

Last May, experts gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss reaching a common economic and scientific policy regarding electronic cigarettes.

At the workshop, Dr Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and World Health Organization representative to the European Union, observed the significant increase in sales of e cigarettes across Europe ever since their introduction to the market. He also mentioned that the current scientific evidence on the potential benefits as well as risks of these alternatives is inconclusive. In particular, he said, the long terms effects are unknown.

At the same meeting, the president of the European Respiratory Society, Francesco Blasi, added that the effects that e cigarettes have on the lungs remain unknown, as is the extent of nicotine uptake. But Charlotta Pisinger, a senior research fellow at the Research Center for Prevention and Health in Copenhagen, countered that our current knowledge about the health effects of e cigarettes is akin to our knowledge of regular cigarettes 100 years ago. She noted that an accumulation of small fragments of material has actually been detected in lungs after inhaling e cigarettes, which could eventually become a health concern.

But a representative of the German E cigarette User Association, Hans Christian Holy, highlighted the potential health benefits of e cigarettes by reducing the number of deaths from tobacco smoke. In this sense, he concluded, the opportunity to use e cigarettes to prevent harm shouldn t be overlooked.