Eu compromise to affect e-cigarettes with nicotine

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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European union passes tighter eu laws on electronic cigarettes

Despite widespread criticism and opposition, the European Union has this week passed tighter regulations on electronic cigarettes.

Opponents had warned the EU that the proposed electronic cigarette regulations in the updated Tobacco Products Directive would be counter effective, and have the opposite effect to the group s objective of reducing the number of smokers in member states.

Lobbying and remonstrations by sympathetic MEPs, vaping groups and even the scientists whose work was cited by the EU as evidence, fell on deaf ears when the Parliament passed 14 pages of new regulations.

The new rules will come into effect by 2016 if not overturned, and will place a number of different restrictions on vaping and vapers. E liquid bottles that exceed 10ml in volume are to be banned, even though this restriction will increase production and packaging costs and will causing damage to the environment. Additionally, e liquids with nicotine concentration levels higher than 20mg/ml will need a medical licence.

Refillable electronic cigarettes could be under threat if three member states choose to impose a ban of the same device. Furthermore, manufacturers will be forced to wait six months before putting new products on the market. Both of these measures could prove to be incredibly damaging to electronic cigarette innovation and development.

Electronic cigarette publicity will also face a ban which is a major obstacle for an industry that has significantly increased its marketing activity in the past 18 months. it will be under the same restrictions as tobacco advertising.

The French electronic cigarette group Association Independante Des Utilisateurs de Cigarette Electronique have roundly criticised the move and already stated their intent to challenge the ruling at the first legal, valid opportunity.

The group has described the decision as not only illegal, but draconian and contrary to the interests of public health. It will seriously slow down and in many cases stop the development of new products very different from conventional cigarettes. The total ban on advertising will serve only the interests of the tobacco industry whose customers will be deprived of the opportunity of discovering a far less harmful alternative. The regulation imposes onerous restrictions unsupported by any serious research and driven only by the demand of powerful pharmaceutical and tobacco lobbies to protect their industries from their most formidable competitor ever.