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The European Union on Wednesday approved drastic change in smoking regulations. The legislation which is expected to pass next month hopes to decrease the number of smokers in the Union by 2.4 million.

Many individuals and groups, including cancer charities, have shown wide spread support for the legislation. The E.U. estimates 700,000 premature deaths, annually, are linked to smoking. Numerous revisions are expected to be implemented in all states by 2016.

First, the packaging of all cigarettes are to have 65 percent of the back and front covered with health warnings. The top of the packs must also have warnings, some of which depict graphic images of black lung and other smoking related diseases. “Roll your own” packages are required to have warnings as well. Additionally, all packing aimed towards women is to be banned.

Tobacco companies will be unable to use “promotional elements,” such as advertisements saying “all natural.” Any statement claiming a brand less harmful than another will also be disallowed.

Once implemented, the legislation will make flavors in tobacco illegal, such as menthol or fruit. The E.U. also plans to enact a closer tracking system for cigarette sales, in order to avoid illegal trade.

The legislation also called for change in the electronic cigarette industry, limiting the amount of tobacco to 20 milligrams per milliliter, the standard for real cigarettes. The e cigarette packaging must also carry warning labels and be childproof.

The European Commission hopes the changes will “deter young people from&#8230 becoming addicted to tobacco” and are looking for a 2 percent drop in smokers over a five year course. E.U. Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said the legislation proved “a great day for the&#8230 health policy. The measures put an end to products which entice young people into starting to smoke,” she added. While the drastic changes to smoking regulations in the E.U. have been well received, some critics have arose.

Pro smoking groups have a problem with a number of the regulations in the legislation. The director of the pro smoking campaign group Forest, Simon Clark, called the ban of flavored cigarettes a violation of market choice. Clark also criticized the proposal for “plain packaging,” or removal of all branding from the product case.

“If health warnings are going to be even more prominent,” he asked,”&#8230 why&#8230 do we need plain packaging? At the&#8230 least the government should&#8230 see what impact the larger warnings have before introducing standardized packs.” The commission responded that the action was justified as it was a matter of public health.

Still, the legislation is considered a victory for many health and governmental groups. British Labour Party member Linda McAvan said “the new law is&#8230 a huge step forward in tobacco control.” Alison Cox, Britain’s head of tobacco policy, said the “directive sets standards on tobacco that will bring&#8230 benefits for people’s health&#8230 across Europe.”

The vote, which took place in Strasbourg France, was exceedingly in favor of all the regulations, with a margin of 500 63 and only 60 abstentions. Implementation of the drastic change to smoking regulations is another step in the direction of a smoke free European Union.

By Erin P. Friar

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Post by kibbster on Feb 26, 2014 22 23 19 GMT Feb 26, 2014 21 23 13 GMT sammy13 said Ok managed to get this to load up of all the days for my internet to go on a go slow stop
It says Cartridge size will be capped at 2ml.
E cigarettes will be limited to a maximum permitted nicotine concentration level of 20mg/ml

So they can’t take away clearo’s that we own, so 2ml is not a problem.

The next bit E cigarettes will be limited to a maximum permitted nicotine concentration level of 20mg/ml, is that talking about cartridges as in cig a likes?
What about pre made eliquid?
All characterising flavours will be banned what flavours are characterising, and which are not?
You forget something about clearos a lot of them are over 2ml.
Aspire BDC Novas, Protanks, Nautilus, unitank etc all illegal.
Lots of RBAs over 2ml and I guess they are illegal as well.

Evods and iclear16s, CE . about all we’ll get.
And considering 1clears and Evods aren’t leakproof when refilling, we won’t get those either.

We’ll be waiting for a while for replacements with the six month application for all new devices with testing and contact information.

I believe in two years, they’ll be reviewing if they want to ban all refillables (not sure if that’s still in Art18.)

The UK has already said the only permissible flavours will be the ones allowed in NRT and I haven’t seen them change their tune on that so I would guess menthol, a random fruit flavour and possibly a blackcurrent sort of flavour.

No one is entire sure yet, let alone the EU themselves, but what ever they have in store for us it’s not going to be pretty so we will have to fight to avoid disposable cartridge look alikes which is all the EU really want.
Actually, if I think rightly even auto batteries are banned because all ecigs have to be childproof.

Vendors can sell existing stock but once the hammer comes down, vaping as we know it is changed for the worse till we can sort this mess out.

Art18 is a complete clusterfuck, not least because it’s open to member states interpretation.
They can’t allow more than the TPD decrees but they are more than welcome to allow as much less as they want.
If the UK wants a limit of 1ml 2mg they can.

What a mess

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