European parliament approves tough rules on electronic cigarettes

The European Parliament on Wednesday approved rules that will for the first time regulate Europe s fast growing market for electronic cigarettes.

Beginning in mid 2016, advertising for e cigarettes is to be banned in the 28 nations of the European Union, as it already is for ordinary tobacco products. E cigarettes will be required to carry health warnings, and must be childproof. The amount of nicotine will be limited to 20 milligrams per milliliter, similar to ordinary cigarettes.

The e cigarette regulation was part of an overhaul of European Union tobacco law that Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg, France, voted overwhelmingly to adopt, by a margin of 500 63, with 60 abstentions.

The vote ratified an agreement reached in December between Parliament and member states to update tobacco rules that have been in place since 2001.

To become law, the tobacco legislation now awaits only the final imprimatur of member states, something that appears to be all but certain.

The rules adopted on Wednesday go further than United States laws, by requiring that the top 65 percent of all cigarette packs be covered with health warnings and warning pictures of things like diseased lungs.

They ban all cigarette themed products that are specifically aimed at children, like chocolate cigarettes, and cigarettes that come in packages designed to look like lipstick or perfume containers. Menthol cigarettes are also to be prohibited, after a four year delay. But the new rules stop short of an earlier proposal to regulate e cigarettes as medical devices.

This is a victory, said Linda McAvan, the British Labour party member who guided the legislation through the Parliament. The original proposal was stricter, and I would have voted for that, but the new law is anyway a huge step forward in tobacco control.

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#21 (permalink) 03 13 2013, 08 58 PM CNCMan Senior Member Join Date Feb 2013 Location United States Posts 113 Rep Power 14


I used to order Winston box from a couple places overseas. One was Switzerland actually. They were marked EEC (European Economic Community?) and definitely tasted different from the US version. Though cheap, I stopped because they just didn’t taste as good to me. I concluded that a Winston is not a Winston is not a Winston. Depends on where you live and choices made by RJR to appeal to each geographical market. #22 (permalink) 03 14 2013, 10 44 AM pipesdaddy Senior Member Join Date Jan 2013 Location United States Posts 107 Rep Power 12


I don’t know the information. Thanks for the information… #23 (permalink) 03 27 2013, 03 54 AM ianus Member Join Date Mar 2011 Location Croatia Posts 61 Rep Power 9


Originally Posted by CNCMan I used to order Winston box from a couple places overseas. One was Switzerland actually. They were marked EEC (European Economic Community?) and definitely tasted different from the US version. Though cheap, I stopped because they just didn’t taste as good to me. I concluded that a Winston is not a Winston is not a Winston. Depends on where you live and choices made by RJR to appeal to each geographical market. Winston and Camel are manufactured and distributed by JTI in Europe so basically «my Winston» is a completely different product than «your Winston».
Same goes for Camels. European Winston is not even additive free although I think it is a good cigarette (and not too expensive). #24 (permalink) 03 27 2013, 05 10 AM CNCMan Senior Member Join Date Feb 2013 Location United States Posts 113 Rep Power 14


Originally Posted by ianus Winston and Camel are manufactured and distributed by JTI in Europe so basically «my Winston» is a completely different product than «your Winston».
Same goes for Camels. European Winston is not even additive free although I think it is a good cigarette (and not too expensive). I suspected as much and thank you for the info. Japan Tobacco Intl. is somewhat of a surprise though. RJR must have leased/sold the rights for the European market for those brand names. As big as RJR is, I’m a bit surprised they didn’t see the opportunity to serve those nations as an asset and money maker. JTI made them a better offer? Could be other legalities at work here, who knows. Thanks again for the info. #25 (permalink) 04 19 2013, 10 20 PM masklofumanto Senior Member Join Date Sep 2012 Location U.S.A. (NYC metro area) Posts 1,563 Rep Power 159


Originally Posted by ianus Winston and Camel are manufactured and distributed by JTI in Europe so basically «my Winston» is a completely different product than «your Winston».
Same goes for Camels. European Winston is not even additive free although I think it is a good cigarette (and not too expensive). Switzerland made Winston, at least the last time I had them, was actually better than what has passed for «Winston» here in the U.S. for the last 16 years. Never tried a European made Camel. When buying European cigarettes online, try to stick to ones made in Switzerland and the E.U., otherwise you might end up with cigarettes made in Ukraine, and might not be happy about it. #26 (permalink) 05 17 2013, 02 46 PM Petr 4 Senior Member Join Date Jan 2009 Location Greece(Macedonia) Posts 115 Rep Power 17


Cigarettes you buy in Dutty Free have much lower quality than those in taxed market. The untaxed Marlboros in EU are made in Switzerland,the taxed Marlboro are from different countries. Phillip Morris has a factories in Germany,Greece,Holland. #27 (permalink) 05 17 2013, 11 28 PM JoeDog Junior Member Join Date May 2013 Posts 8 Rep Power 0


I’ve been hunting for a pack of Shepard’s Hotel cigarettes and found out I can’t get them in the states anymore. I started searching the internet and found a place on some island somewhere and cartons of cigarettes are $12.

After a little looking into, I found out the place is in a free trade zone or something like that and all of the cigarettes are counterfeit and made in China.

I think I’ll save my money and keep looking for a pack of Sheps. #28 (permalink) 06 24 2013, 08 19 AM LanaDelRey Junior Member Join Date Jun 2013 Posts 3 Rep Power 0


Hi. I’m from Spain.
Let me tell you that that ultra low price is only in the Canary Islands. A carton in the peninsula is about $60. I think we’re not that lucky P
In the Canary Islands, tobacco and gasoline are ultra cheap compared to the peninsula, but all the other products are much more expensive.
For example, a pack of Marlboro in the Canary Islands is about $2.6, but in the peninsula it’s $6


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