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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2016
E-007578/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007578/2016

Taking into account the characteristics, and in particular the nicotine content of e-cigarettes, it was deemed appropriate to consider them as tobacco-related products and to include them in the scope of the directive 2014/40/EU, which lays down rules for tobacco and related products placed on the EU market(1).

Given the lack of conclusive evidence relating to the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, their use patterns and potential to facilitate smoking cessation, Article 20 of the directive adopts a precautionary approach to their regulation which places an emphasis on safety, quality and consumer protection. The rules for e-cigarettes nevertheless allow these products to remain widely available to consumers.

The Commission report COM(2016) 269(2) does not conclude that vaping is risk free; it points to a number of potential risks to public health relating to the use of e-cigarettes whilst highlighting the need for further research.

The Commission has no immediate plans to review the regulation of e-cigarettes within Directive 2014/40/EU, the provisions of which began to be applied on 20 May 2016. It will continue to monitor developments relating to the use of these products and will submit a report in 2021 as required under Article 28(1) of the directive.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/dir_201440_en.pdf
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/potentialrisks_specs_refillableecigarettes.pdf

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