Some Belgian dailies announced yesterday that the FPS Public Health agents had started the control of retail outlets offering e-cigarettes to verify their compliance with the new regulations. The first sanctions should fall as early as March.
« The controls started on Friday. All outlets for electronic cigarettes are targeted. Our agents work every day and at any time. Their goal is to check if sellers comply with the new legalization that came into effect on Tuesday. " , Explain, Vinciane Charlier, deputy spokesperson of the FPS Public Health. " For now, the watchword is to recall the rules and issue warnings. In a month's time, we will begin to crack down. Merchants will then face fines, foreclosures and closure of their business. »
However, the FPS Public Health agents will continue to seize e-cigarettes that are considered dangerous for the smoker and his entourage. An example, those without child safety where little ones can easily access the nicotine vial. It is currently too early to give the first trends. " However, we noticed that a majority of vendors knew about and complied with the new legislation. Concludes the spokeswoman.
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With the arrival of these new regulations on the e-cigarette, there are many shops that are financially affected. A worried Tournai merchant explains the situation: " I closed my establishment all the last week to be certain of not having any more out of regulation products in my shop. I did not want to risk having a fine or seeing my business shut down. I took the opportunity to reorganize and inventory. I have many products that I can not sell, the financial losses amount to 15 000 euros. For large e-cigarette chains, the losses can go up to 150 000 euros and we will not receive any compensation. the FPS Health believes that we should have been more proactive. »
Some stores no longer able to assume have simply to go into bankruptcy, this Royal Decree entered into force on Tuesday 17 January is a real disaster for the e-cigarette sector and the situation may unfortunately continue to to degrade in Belgium
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source : Hannut.blogs.sudinfo.be/