Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive
Today 22nd January 2014 the European commission has decided to make a Revision of the Tobacco Products Directive.
The agreed text will be debated and put to a plenary vote, either at the 24-27 February session or the 10-13 March one.
Here are the proposals
E-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products (if they make quit claims) or as tobacco products.
As proposed by MEPs, e-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products, if they are marketed as a quit aid, or alternatively as tobacco products. In the latter case, they should not contain nicotine in a concentration of more than 20 mg/ml. Refillable cartridges would be allowed, and there would be no ban on flavourings at EU level.
A single cartridge should contain the equivalent in nicotine of a pack of cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes should be child proof and should carry health warnings. They would be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco products.
Twelve years after the current directive entered into force, smoking remains the principal preventable cause of death and about 700,000 people die of it each year. Over the years, measures taken to discourage smoking have helped to reduce the proportion of EU citizens who smoke from 40% in the EU15 in 2002 to 28% in the EU 27 in 2012.
When is the proposal likely to come into effect?
- The new Directive will be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2014
- It would come into effect from 2015-2016
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