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European Commission proposes ban on all currently available electronic cigarettes

| November 26, 2013 | 12 Comments

E-cigaretteAccording to electronic cigarettes manufacturer Totally Wicked Ltd, documents, not intended for public consumption, defined last week in Brussels set out proposals from the European Commission, that if implemented would see all currently available electronic cigarettes removed from the market.  These Commission proposals have been drafted as part of the negotiations taking place behind closed doors in Brussels to revise the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

Among other things, the Commission proposes a ban on all refill liquids, a ban on refillable atomizers, a ban on almost all flavours, and arbitrary restrictions on nicotine levels without any justification.  These proposals would subject electronic cigarettes to a significantly stricter regulatory regime than tobacco cigarettes.

Presently there are 10 million smokers in the UK.  Every year, 114,000 UK citizens die from tobacco-related illnesses according to figures produced by the NHS.  Policymakers need to focus on reducing this number, says Totally Wicked – conventional nicotine replacement therapies are not tackling this in any significant number, but electronic cigarettes are.  Already 1.3 million UK smokers have switched to electronic cigarettes.  If current growth rates continue, by 2017, when the revised TPD is due to come into force, there could be nearly five million former UK smokers using electronic cigarettes.

However, if the European Commission succeeds in having these proposals adopted there will be a shutdown of the general sale of currently available electronic cigarette products from 2017 throughout the UK and the wider EU.

This would leave tobacco cigarettes as the only freely available source of nicotine and those nearly five million e-cigarette users would be left with no option but to go back to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Totally Wicked Chief Executive Officer Fraser Cropper said:“Behind closed doors in Brussels, unaccountable and unelected bureaucrats are drafting proposals that will deny millions of existing and former smokers access to a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes.  These proposals are based on a total lack of knowledge of how an electronic cigarette functions, and more importantly these proposals are being drafted without any consultation with the people who rely on these products to prevent them returning to tobacco cigarettes.

“Gross incompetence, craven capitulation to the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries or more sinister corrupt regulation, take your pick.  However, what is absolutely clear is that these few individuals are attempting to destroy the utility of a truly remarkable product in the interests of perpetuating a sinister duopoly that is contrary to the interests of European public health and basic morality.

“Taken together, these proposals represent a ban on all currently available electronic cigarettes.  This is contrary to the position taken by MEPs on the 8th of October who favoured preserving the market in its current form. Does the UK government support these proposals?  We need to know and Parliament needs to have the opportunity to debate these proposals as a matter of priority.”

For a copy of the European Commission document, click here.


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  1. Vapoloca says:

    How dare they?

    How dare they tell me I must die from a tobacco-related disease, when being a new vaper, I’m on my way to a better life?

    How dare they declare that if my sons smoke one day or the other, they can’t have an easy and safer alternative to tobacco?

    How dare they tell us, the people of the European Union, that money and politics are more important than our health and life?

    How dare they risk a health disaster – millions of lives can be saved!


  2. Castello2 says:

    They have gone too far now. This could lead to an exposure of how deep the corruption of our health system goes. Greedy bastards.

  3. Martin fletcher says:

    Vaping is the only thing that has helped me quit smoking. It has helped my friends quit as well. Banning this goes against freedom of choice and that, I believe, is against my human rights.

  4. Karen Smith says:

    I can’t find the words to say how dismayed I am to find out they can do this. Who are they trying to protect, not us the users of electronic cigarettes, I smoked for 35 years until I finally managed to kick the habit, with e-cigs, and that was two years ago, I still enjoy using my e-cig and haven’t been tempted once to start smoking again.

    How can it be right or fair that you intend to take that away from people like me? I tried before to give up using patches gum and inhalers, I just couldn’t last more that a month or two.I know if I can’t access e-cigs I will start smoking again. Surely, common-sense must prevail here, I can easily go and buy a packet of cigarettes but not e-cigs, the world has gone crazy. This all has a bad smell about it – it wouldn’t have anything to do with the power of big tobacco, would it?

  5. James Pond says:

    From what I understand so far the reasons for the governments all around the world trying to ban electronic cigarettes is that cigarettes, along with gas, fuels and electric supplies are the biggest tax incomes, fact.

    And with more and more people moving on to electrics, the less money they are getting. And all the governments are basically shitting themselves.

  6. Maria Spicer says:

    I am a user of the electronic cigarette. In previous times, I was a smoker of 40 cigarettes per day, spending money I could not afford and damaging my health.

    I have tried on many occasions to give up smoking but it was very hard and have failed repeatedly. Since the first time I tried the e-cigarette, I have never looked back and use it daily. I am now seven weeks clear of all the chemicals and rubbish put into normal cigarettes and feel so much better for it. My sleeping at night time has improved and so has my breathing.

    Long live the electronic cigarette!

  7. Jeffrey Caldicott says:

    I am 71 years old, with grandchildren, a smoker for 50+ years, and have now been on e-cigarettes for 15 months. No coughing, better skin tone, healthier all round, and I can now taste my food. Success at last – I will see my grand-kids educated, with healthy lives. STOP THIS BAN.

  8. John Warburton says:

    I have just turned 50 and enjoyed two years being tobacco free, all thanks to the e-cigarette. The health benefits are well known now, as are the risks in comparison to tobacco. What is really astonishing is the pure greed of the powers pushing e-cigs out of existence, this is not being done to protect EU citizens’ health, report after report on the health benefits go to prove this.

    The anti e-cig push is down solely to money – the NRT makers i.e. pharmaceutical companies are the ones pushing it with no concern regarding the millions of people it is going to detrimentally affect. The World Health Organisation also backs big pharma’s stance, why?

    Because their funding derives from them, the same goes for many institutions – big pharma has too much power. It has to be stopped – journalists, doctors, university professors, please concentrate on exposing big pharma for what they are, you could save millions of lives!

  9. Lesley Rock says:

    Who do these people think they are? I am an ex-fag smoker of 60 per day, and these e-cigs saved my life and my family. I wouldn’t have been able to kick this vile disease giving habit without the help of e-cigs – how can these faceless MEPs decide to get rid of e-cigs, which help people, but allow cancer and disease-giving tobacco, knowing that it kills people?!

    I know why. They all have shares in the tobacco industry and the tax and VAT they are losing on each and every ex-smoker turning to e-cigs to help them kick the habit. You MEPs and MPs ought to be ashamed of yourselves, but I very much doubt that – you are too selfish to even think about what you are doing!

  10. Heloise Watters says:

    Oh my, where do I start about how angry I am about this?! I’m an ex-smoker of ten years, I have health problems and could never give up the habit before e-cigs, now they’re telling me I should go back to cigs just to give them money, so I will eventually die as it is seriously affecting my health. This is crazy, how dare they?! What can we do?!

  11. Arthur says:

    I have tried on many occasions to give up smoking, but it was very hard and I have failed repeatedly. Since the first time I tried the e-cigarette, I have never looked back and use it daily. I am now ten weeks clear of all the chemicals and rubbish put into normal cigarettes and feel so much better for it. My sleeping at night time has improved and so has my breathing.

  12. I have given up smoking, and I do not give a crap about bans – I will keep selling and you can arrest me, I don’t give a ****.

    Revolt – long live ‘vaping’, and screw you all bandits.

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