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Parliamentary questions
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22 July 2016
E-004790/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004790/2016

The Commission has no plans to revise the rules on e-cigarettes.

The Tobacco Products Directive 2104/40/EU(1) (TPD) was adopted in April 2014, following discussions in the Council and the European Parliament. It contains new safety requirements for e-cigarettes as well as monitoring requirements for Member States and the Commission.

These new rules aim to protect consumers, while allowing e-cigarettes to remain available in the internal market.

The legality of the entire Directive, including the provisions on e-cigarettes, was confirmed by the Court of Justice on 4 May 2016. In its judgment, the Court confirmed that the rules are proportionate.

The Commission is overseeing the implementation, application and enforcement of the Tobacco Products Directive. A report on the implementation of the directive will be delivered by the Commission by May 2021. Developments in relation to e-cigarettes will be one of the areas on which the report will focus.

Further measures can be taken at national level, for example on flavours used in e-liquids, age limits and smoke-free places.

(1)Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3.4.2014 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products and repealing Directive 2001/37/EC (OJ L 127, 29.4.2014, p. 1).

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