Have EU Plans to Regulate E-Cigarettes as Medicinal Products Gone up in Smoke?

January 21, 2014

The European Parliament rejected Commission proposals under the Tobacco Products Directive (“TPD”) to regulate e-cigarettes as medicinal products in October 2013, but what does this mean in practice for the regulation of e-cigarettes across the 28 EU Member States?

At present e-cigarettes are regulated in a variety of ways across the various Member States: across nine members states (including the UK) there are no specific rules relating to e-cigarettes; only existing consumer product safety legislation currently applies. In another eleven Member States (including Germany and the Netherlands), e-cigarettes are considered medicinal products which subjects the products to stricter regulation. At the extreme, currently e-cigarettes are prohibited in Greece unless specifically approved by the Health Ministry.

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