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Letter to the Telegraph - E-cigarette regulation

October 3, 2013 5:03 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Bill Newton Dunn in EU ParliamentSIR - Next week, the European Parliament is due to vote on new rules for tobacco products. One part of the proposal, which has strong support from Labour MEPs, is to regulate electronic cigarettes as medicinal products, a move which could significantly restrict their availability.

We, along with many public health experts, believe that this would be a grave mistake. E-cigarettes are used by an estimated 1.3 million people in Britain and are widely recognised as being infinitely less harmful than tobacco. They have the potential to reduce the negative health impact of smoking massively for individuals and their families.

That is why we are pushing for electronic cigarettes to be as widely available for adults as tobacco is, and are calling on our MEP colleagues and constituents for their support so that this part of the tobacco products proposal can be overturned.

E-cigarettes should of course be regulated so that they comply with relevant safety and quality requirements, but making them more difficult to obtain than conventional cigarettes would be a huge step in the wrong direction.

Chris Davies MEP (Lib Dem)

Rebecca Taylor MEP (Lib Dem)

Phil Bennion MEP (Lib Dem)

Sarah Ludford MEP (Lib Dem)

Edward McMillan-Scott MEP (Lib Dem)

Bill Newton Dunn MEP (Lib Dem)

Sir Graham Watson MEP (Lib Dem)