“European Union ignores science and common sense”

When the medicalisation of vaping was rejected by the EU Parliament vapers around the EU breathed a collective sigh of relief. Today news reaches us that there is a new process taking place, one happening behind closed doors with only those involved even being aware of it. Luckily The Nicotine Science and Policy website obtained the document and vaping news sources around the web are up in arms – many calling the proposal appalling.

Get informed, and be under no illusion… If this new proposal is implemented it bans every vaping product on the market today and would make entry into the market commercially inconceivable. E-liquids, refillable atomisers, flavours, nicotine levels above 20mg/ml would be gone and vaping in the EU would be over.

Two great articles below, please read and share these. If this is allowed to happen in Europe it could easily happen elsewhere.

The European Union ignores science and common sense by making proposals that will damage the health of smokers and vapers

You may all know that currently some intense negotiating procedures are underway within the EU concerning the regulation of e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, all these negotiations are performed behind closed doors; thus, the people mostly concerned and affected by such regulations, vapers and smokers, have no idea what is going on and how these procedures are evolving.

I am afraid that the European Union is once again trying to destroy the e-cigarette as an alternative-to-smoking product by trying to implement regulations that constitute a ban for the majority of products. Not only do they ignore science but they also make decisions that are against the will and vote of the MEPs just 40 days ago. One should wonder why such regulations are proposed, what purpose they serve and where the benefit for public health fits into their thinking.Dr Farsalinos – Ecigarette Research Advocates Group

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They just don’t get it – Commission proposal for the regulation of e-cigarettes

Late last week the European Commission circulated a confidential new proposal for regulating e-cigarettes. The document was sent only to those negotiating the future of e-cigarettes behind closed doors in Brussels – representatives of the European Parliament and European Council. This isn’t a final proposal, but it provides the negotiators with something to discuss. The Nicotine Science and Policy website has obtained the document, and it is here. It is quite frankly appalling – lacking any legitimacy in public health or internal market policy-making… Make no mistake, if implemented this proposal bans every product on the market today and would severely limit options for future products – and may make it commercially unviable to develop in future.

The main troubling features include:

• Allows only single-use cartridges. No refillable units or tanks will be permitted.
• Allows only flavours already approved for use in NRT.
• Limits nicotine density to 20mg/ml maximum with no justification
• Limits nicotine content of any container to just 10mg/unit – this is extremely low and arbitrary (see new paper
• Allows only devices that “deliver nicotine doses consistently and uniformly” – an unnecessary, severe and limiting technical challenge
• Bans all advertising in press or printed publications (except trade), on radio, TV and other audiovisual services and the internet (through “information society services“)
• Bans e-cigarette sponsorships that have cross border impact (e.g. anything that might be shown on TV)
• Applies onerous and unnecessary warning, labelling and leaflet requirements that may be impractical
• Bans cross border distance sales (internet etc)
• Requires manufacturers to track so-called ‘adverse effects’ even though nicotine is widely used and understood
• Requires the submission of large quantities of seemingly irrelevant technical and commercial data
• Asserts (against the evidence) that e-cigarettes “simulate smoking behaviour and are increasingly used and marketed to young people and non-smokers”.The Counterfactual

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