Early Day Motion Calls on the UK to Leave E-Cigarettes out of the Tobacco Products Directive
While the fight to keep the United Kingdom out of the Tobacco Products Directive has been mostly fought and lost, Anne Main, Member of Parliament for St. Albans and a member of the Conservative party has tabled an early day motion to exclude e-cigarettes and other tobacco harm reduction products from the Tobacco Products Directive.
From the motion:
“[This motion] calls on the Government to exclude e-cigarettes and other harm-reduction products from the Tobacco Products Directive.”
The motion only has four signatures so far, but the four current signatories are all from different parties, showing that this is the kind of thing any MP could get behind despite party affiliation. The only thing they need is a request from their constituents, and that’s where you, the members of the UK vaping community, may be able to affect change by writing to your MP and asking that they support the motion.
Writing to your Member of Parliament
You can find your local MP and write to them using WriteToThem, a service which reliably sends messages to the appropriate elected officials on your behalf.
For an excellent example of the kind of letter you want to write, check out GlosVaper’s blog post. You will want to be sure to include the link to the Royal College of Physician’s report which recommends the promotion of e-cigarettes as an effective tobacco harm reduction method.
The Tobacco Products Directive
The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is a directive adopted by EU member countries to legislate the distribution, sale and advertising of tobacco products. It comes into effect on May 20th, 2016 and controls the amount and type of eliquids we can sell. All products that Vapemate sells will be in compliance with the TPD. To find out more, see our infographic.
Early Day Motions - what they are and chance for success
Early day motions are a call to debate a specific matter in the House. The number of signatures on an early day motion can influence the motion’s adoption, but few are actually debated in practice. While this early day motion is unlikely to lead to anything, it does serve as an awareness-raising tool for policy makers. This particular motion does ask Parliament to consider the Royal College of Physician’s report, which was released after the UK signed on with the Tobacco Products Directive.
Even if an early day motion has little chance of success, it certainly can’t hurt to ensure that parliamentarians are aware of the fact that the UK has released a report from its top medical body which has recommendations that effectively counter the argument for including e-cigarettes and vaping products in the TPD in the first place.