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Parliamentary question - E-002751/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-002751/2022(ASW)

Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius on behalf of the European Commission

1. Disposable e-cigarettes (DEC) would only fall within the scope of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD)[1] if they had a filter and contained tobacco[2], which is not the case for devices vaporising a liquid. The Commission does not intend to propose any specific measures for DEC under the SUPD. The revision of SUPD is planned in 2027 including the review of affected products list.

In December 2020, the Commission proposed a new Batteries Regulation[3] indicating that portable batteries incorporated in appliances shall be readily removable and replaceable. Negotiations between the co-legislators are still taking place as part of the ordinary legislative procedure. The proposal should ensure that portable batteries in DEC are properly disposed and recycled at their end of life. It should also foster the use of portable rechargeable batteries in such devices.

2. The Commission is aware of the attractiveness of disposable and non-disposable e-cigarettes and the role they may play in the initiation to smoking by non-tobacco users, including adolescents and young adults. This is supported by the opinion of the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks[4] on e-cigarettes, which reported moderate evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for young people.

In this context, and in order to assess whether EU legislation is fit to address those market developments and achieve its public health goals, the Commission is running an overarching evaluation[5] of the legislative framework for tobacco control[6]. This evaluation process and any resulting steps will be carried out in line with the Better Regulation principles[7].

Last updated: 14 September 2022
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