Disposable electronic cigarettes
Question for written answer E-002751/2022
to the Commission
Chris MacManus (The Left)
Disposable e-cigarettes are single-use plastic products containing a lithium battery that cannot be recharged. The disposability of these items encourages improper disposal, either in landfill or by littering. Equivalent devices with components for battery recharging and nicotine refills are widely available and are a more sustainable option. In addition, according to the Belgian Cancer Foundation, the low cost of disposable e-cigarettes make them more attractive to young people, meaning they can act as a gateway to damaging nicotine dependency. In the light of this:
- 1.Does the Commission intend to propose any specific measures to deal with disposable e-cigarettes under the framework of the circular economy action plan, for example through the Single Use Plastics Directive or the Batteries Regulation?
- 2.Will the Commission propose any harmonised Union actions under the framework of the Tobacco Products Directive to tackle the risks that disposable e-cigarettes pose as an entry point to nicotine dependency, particularly for younger people?
Last updated: 2 August 2022