Position of the association Helvetic Vape following the referral of the draft law on tobacco products (LPTab) by the Committee on Social Security and Public Health of the Council of States (CSSS-E).
The association Helvetic Vape welcomes the fact that the CSSS-E recommends taking vaping products out of the regulation of combustible tobacco products and creating differentiated regulations. As the Committee points out, it is difficult to understand why the same restrictions would be applied to products with such different risk profiles.
Remember that vaping products containing nicotine are still prohibited from sale without clear justification by the federal administration. However, these products are at least 95% safer than combustible tobacco products which are over-the-counter, including for minors at the federal level. Helvetic Vape hopes that the opinion of the CSSS-E will quickly change the incomprehensible position of the administration.
Helvetic Vape suggests that the Federal Council, the federal administration and the advisory committees involved produce a new project with a much broader scope. A project focused on nicotine and its modes of consumption rather than tobacco only.
A nicotine law, well thought out in the framework of the National Addiction Strategy with wide consultation with interested parties and users, would be more appropriate than the current LPTab project. A coherent law that takes into account the risk profiles of the different modes of nicotine consumption would be innovative and would put Switzerland at the forefront of reducing risk and damage in the field. Last but not least, a nicotine law easily understandable by all would have a significant positive impact on public health.
Pending this new project, the vaping products must be regulated by ordinance in the framework of the law on foodstuffs and everyday objects (LDAl). Indeed, the body of orders of this law being under revision, the addition of a minimum framework of vaping products is extremely simple.
source : Helvetic Vape