A European citizens' initiative to defend the e-cigarette? The subject is reminiscent of the famous EFVI (European initiative for free vaping) who in 2014 was aiming to collect 1 million signatures across Europe. Despite the efforts of the volunteers and the people who had made the project move, France for its part had barely exceeded 50% of the minimum quota.
A few days ago the European Commission officially registered a European Citizens' Initiative: " for a more flexible vaping regulation ". For those who do not know the principle, it is in theory quite simple: As soon as an initiative is registered, begins a process of twelve months during which it is necessary to gather at least 1 million signatures in favor, coming from at least seven different member states. Therefore, the Commission has three months to react and decide whether to grant the request or not, but by giving reasons for its decision.
The objective of this initiative is " create tailor-made legislation that clearly distinguishes vaping products from tobacco products and pharmaceuticals. ". It is therefore requested to put in place new legislation (for vaping products) based on mandatory compliance with strict manufacturing, safety and product quality standards, coupled with responsible business practices that ensure the protection of young people. ».
EFVI, AN INITIATIVE AND A TRUE TRAUMATISM FOR "FREE VAPE"
6 years ago, a European initiative for free vaping (EFVI) was launched! One year after the official launch, the minimum cost has not been reached (18% of the target), the failure is experienced as a real trauma for the many defenders of the "Vape Libre". At the time, we made a simple observation: “ We will have to learn from our mistakes, rethink the organization, the way of doing things and start again so that the next time the initiative is a success." page (in French).
However, several questions arise! Has the situation really changed over the past 6 years? If today the vape has gained popularity, we must not forget that the United Kingdom is preparing to leave the European Union and that the country was the second largest contributor to the EFVI. Is it possible today to collect 1 million signatures for a common fight around vaping? Who is organizing this initiative? So many questions whose answers can answer the possible success of an initiative " for more flexible vaping regulations ”.
Source : Lemondedutabac.com/