Brussels registers European citizens’ initiative on vaping regulation

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A man smoking an E-cigarette in Muenster, Germany. E-cigarettes or 'steamers' are electric powered devices that vaporise a liquid into steam which than can be inhaled by the smoker, a process commonly known as "vaping".

Brussels registers European citizens’ initiative on vaping regulation


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The European Commission decided on February 12 to register a European Citizens’ Initiative that demanded better regulations on smoking e-cigarettes, commonly known as ‘vaping’.

According to the Commission, the objective of the initiative is to create legislation that clearly sets vaping products apart from tobacco and pharmaceutical products.

The signatories called on the Commission to “ensure that the new legislation [for vaping products] is based on mandatory compliance with robust product quality, safety, and manufacturing standards – together with responsible marketing practices – that ensure the protection of Europe’s youth population”.

Brussels’ decision to register the initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal, making clear that the substance has not been analysed at this stage.

The Commission’s stance on e-cigarettes is due in 2021, according to the tobacco directive, which will give time to the industry to prepare for the EU’s next decision regarding the defined legal status of vaping.

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