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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) work by vaporising nicotine liquid. They are aimed at people who do not want to smoke tobacco but cannot or do not want to overcome their nicotine addiction.

Electronic cigarettes with battery charger

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They are mostly produced in China, and marketed in Europe by small and medium-sized firms. The market is growing rapidly.

The variety of products on the market makes it hard to assess their safety, but the available evidence suggests that they are much less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes show some promise for reducing the consumption of tobacco.

They are regulated differently in the Member States: as tobacco products or pharmaceutical products or as consumer products under the General Product Safety Directive.

The European Commission proposed regulating them as medicinal products in its revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. The e-cigarette industry prefers regulation as either consumer products or tobacco products.

Proponents of e-cigarettes argue that they reduce harm to smokers and their environment by delivering nicotine without the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. Opponents warn of harmful substances in e-cigarettes, and point out they can lead to nicotine addiction.

Read the complete briefing here.

Regulation of electronic cigarettes in the EU


5 thoughts on “Electronic cigarettes

  1. Today second hand smoking is very popular. It also increased the risk of health. The e-cigarettes is very helpful to quit the smoking.


    Posted by Hasse Karlgreen | March 25, 2016, 14:52
  2. E-Cigarette should be promoted in proper way only to restrain its impact on minor otherwise this product is a boon for those people who want to get rid of the nicotine addiction using tobacco product as it is bad for their health and also cost more, but e-cigarette comes to them as all in one product to be healthy without the feeling missing any thing so legal norm for sale of e-cigarette should be regulated properly.


    Posted by Lionel Harrington | December 30, 2013, 05:16


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