EU vote on electronic cigarettes ‘makes no sense’

Growing e-cigarette trend raises safety concerns

By Martin Banks in Brussels 4:18PM BST 14 Jul 2013 The vote was intended to make tobacco smoking less attractive to young people through mandatory warnings, minimum pack sizes, and rules on flavourings. However, the revision of the EU ‘Tobacco Products Directive’ would classify most e-cigarettes as a medicinal product, despite the fact that in the UK alone 25 percent of all attempts to kick the habit are made using e-cigarettes, making them the most popular aid. The European Commission had proposed that e-cigarettes containing 4 milligrammes or more of nicotine must be classed as medicinal products but an EU parliamentary committee went further, voting to classify all e-cigarettes as pharmaceuticals, regardless of the nicotine content.
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RI gov vetoes electronic cigarette legislation

“There weren’t many shops at the time, so I decided E-cigarette vaporizers for sale at Vapes of Wrath in Long Beach on July 18, 2013. (Stephen Carr/ Los Angeles Newspaper Group) to give it a go,” said Demetra, a soft-spoken, 31-year-old with a full beard and tattoos on his arms. Between re-rigging vapes and talking with customers — ranging from punk rockers to college kids to middle-aged women–Demetra recalled quitting smoking a couple of years ago, when his daughter, then 4, would pull away from the smell of smoke. “I didn’t quit because I didn’t like the nicotine,” he said. E-cigs were introduced to the U.S.
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(AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has vetoed legislation to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to children, saying the way it was written would have exempted e-cigarettes from laws governing tobacco products. In his veto message on Wednesday, Chafee said children should not be allowed to buy electronic cigarettes.
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