E-Cigarettes to be Classified as Medical Products
New rules classifying e-cigarettes as ‘medicinal’ have been condemned by businesses and politicians across the borough.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced that they will regulate e-cigarettes as medicines when new European Union laws come into force in 2016.
Currently e-cigarettes are classed as a general consumer product, sold as an alternative to cigarettes with no medicinal claims.
The products contain liquid nicotine and no tobacco, and the liquid nicotine is vaporised and absorbed through the mouth.
Owner Chris Hew, aged 36, said: “People came in when it hit the news and started to panic buy, but we don’t know what will happen yet and nothing has been decided.