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Parliamentary questions
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5 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007578-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Joëlle Mélin (ENF)

 Subject:  The future of electronic cigarettes
 Answer in writing 

Directive 2014/40/EU lays down the new regulatory framework for tobacco products in the European Union, which will need to be incorporated into the Member States’ legal systems. The economic environment within which those in the electronic cigarette industry are trying to make progress is becoming increasingly complex. Although electronic cigarettes and the liquids they use do not actually contain any tobacco, the electronic cigarettes themselves and the products associated with them are included in the directive. Placing electronic cigarettes — which do not burn or contain tobacco — in the same category as traditional cigarettes only dissuades smokers from turning to less harmful alternatives, which could amount to a direct contradiction of the Commission’s stated objective of public health protection.

Given, then, that Commission studies (COM(2016) 269) have shown that ‘vaping’ is not dangerous, that more than 21% of users have managed to cut down on their tobacco consumption, and 14% have given up tobacco altogether (2016 Eurobarometer survey), does the Commission intend to review the inclusion of electronic cigarettes in the Tobacco Directive?

Original language of question: FR 
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