The European elections are coming soon (from 23 to 26 May 2019) ! In France these will take place the 26 May 2019 and as a reminder any citizen aged at least 18 years can vote. In this context, our partner EcigIntelligence proposes a research work on the various positions taken by the parties involved concerning the e-cigarette. So ? Which parties say "yes" to a regulation or "no" to a ban on vape? Beginning of response with this release.
If there is one thing on which the parties running in the European elections this week agree, it is that the e-cigarette must be regulated but not banned.
The regulatory work on e-cigarettes will be among the topics that the European Parliament and the next Committees will have to consider, with a planned revision of the Tobacco Products Directive and the future system of tobacco taxation. The question is whether vaping products should continue to be included in the tobacco-based rules or have their own regulatory and tax regime.
A new reportECigIntelligence published this week reveals that, although e-cigarettes are not part of campaign priorities, the main parts of the European Union largely support the idea of a regulation without prohibition.
The European Popular Party (EPP) told ECIGintelligence that the center-right was not in favor of banning the sale of vaping products, but rather supported the idea of a specific tax system for these products.
In the same spirit, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S & D) opposes the ban on e-cigarettes, but considers that the impact on public health should be monitored. The Socialists said that taxation is an effective tool for reducing tobacco use and could be applied to e-cigarettes in the same way.
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) confirmed to ECigIntelligence that his party did not support the classification of e-cigarettes as drugs as this would increase the price of devices and e-liquids.
Outgoing Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, was hostile to electronic cigarettes, but the official outlook may change, depending on the replacement appointed by the next President of the European Commission. Anyone following Vytenis Andriukaitis will need to implement public health policies for the next five years, including the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive by 2021.
ECigIntelligence believes that significant changes could occur in the regulation of e-cigarettes at EU level, given the recent new approach to product vaping in other countries such as the United States.