Brexit is coming soon! If the thick cloud of steam present could hint of doubt so far, the UK government announced today that it could well put his hands in the regulation of the e-cigarette once brexit completed.
In response to a parliamentary report on the e-cigarette, the government has agreed to review the regulation on e-cigarettes when European Union legislation will cease to apply as planned in March 2019.
In its response to the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology report on e-cigarettes, the government made recommendations for a review of e-cigarette regulations "to identify opportunities for change after Brexit».
The committee recommended in its report on e-cigarettes, published in August 2018, that regulations, " currently being applied under EU legislation", Be modified in the box" a broader transition to a more proportionate regulatory environment", In which restrictions, advertising rules and taxes"reflect the evidence of the relative harms of the various vape and tobacco products available».
In its response, the Department of Health and Social Services stated that it was determined to conduct a review " in order to reassess the current regulations and to ensure that it continues to protect the country's health".
He adds " We will look for areas where we can deregulate in a reasonable way without harming public health or where EU regulations limit our ability to fight tobacco. »
The government is also committed to "consider re-examining the situation regarding snus", A wet powdered tobacco product, currently banned in the European Union. The response document indicated that it would consider whether snus would promoteproportional reduction of damage».
He declares : " The government's goal will be to put in place a proportionate approach to risk management that protects youth and non-smokers, while providing smokers with access to products that reduce harm. »
The Minister Steve Brine has already stated that it will remain open to lifting the ban on snus, which is currently legal in Sweden and where smoking rates are among the lowest in Europe.