It may come as a surprise to some, but the issue of vaping seems to be important in the European Parliament. Indeed, a “confidential” internal debate on vaping would take place concerning kiosks dedicated to vaping deputies in Brussels and Strasbourg.
VAPING, A SENSITIVE AND PRIORITIZE SUBJECT "CONFIDENTIAL"!
In an exercise of transparency, our colleagues from EUobserver have filed an access request to preview an internal debate on the vaping of Members of the European Parliament. Indeed, a problem seems to concern the possibility of setting up specialized stands in the premises of the Parliament for vaping deputies. As a reminder, vaping is prohibited in Parliament, outside the designated areas for smokers.
Probably not wanting to vape with smokers, some MEPs are now asking for four new kiosks to vape in Brussels and Strasbourg, a question debated between all the quaestors responsible for managing current affairs.
At first glance, the question does not seem controversial in relation to the broader subjects addressed by the same institution. Yet the response to the Secretary General's request for access to information, Klaus Welle, the highest official behind the scenes of the institution, suggests the opposite.
Although the minutes of the debate are published online, Klaus Well states that any public disclosure of the requested documents " would seriously undermine the institution's decision-making process ". He also argues that since a decision has not yet been made, none of the three documents related to the request should be made public.
« Parliament stresses that to prevent its current decision-making process from being seriously compromised, a certain level of confidentiality of preparatory documents is necessary ", He said in a letter.
But one of the documents requested is a note that the European Parliament seems to have already made public. The draft opinion published in January was drafted by the medical division of the Parliament.
It states that e-cigarettes and vaping products " cannot be considered safe "And it highlights lung disease" related to vaping", Known as Evali, as an emerging risk.
« Like smoke, these aerosols are inhaled not only by the direct user, but also by passers-by. This is called exposure to used aerosols (SHA) »Specifies the document.
Klaus Welle also allegedly refused to reveal two other documents for similar reasons. One would be an email from Silvia modig, the Finnish far left MEP writes to the President of the European Parliament asking him " ban on the use of electronic cigarettes on Parliament premises ". According to the Modig office, when asked about the email sent to the president, it would simply say " that e-cigarettes should have their own space just like cigarettes ".
The third and last document, which the Secretary General of the Parliament refused to publish, is a note which presents information on the existing smoking facilities in the European Parliament. What does it really have? Can vaping MEPs succeed? Mystery…