The “Let’s demand smarter vaping regulation!” European Citizens’ Initiative

Last February, the European Commission (EC) accepted the registration of a European Citizens’ Initiative titled ‘Let’s demand smarter vaping regulation!’, which asks the commission to remove vaping products from the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and place them within a standalone and evidence-based regulatory framework.

European Citizens’ Initiatives were launched as an agenda-setting tool in the hands of citizens in April 2012, upon the entry into force of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation which implements the Treaty provisions. Once formally registered, a European Citizens’ Initiative allows one million citizens from at least one quarter of EU Member States, to invite the EC to make regulatory changes in areas that are under its jurisdiction.

The Initiative “Let’s demand smarter vaping regulation!”, was created by 7 EU citizens who are residents of 7 different European Union countries, and urges the EC to remove vaping products from the TPD

The Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) is the legal framework proposed by the European Committee ENVI to regulate tobacco products and its derivatives in Europe. Because it may contain nicotine and mimics the act of smoking, the electronic cigarette, falls in this Directive.


, and “create a standalone, proportionate and evidence-based regulatory environment that:

  •      Allows smokers to have access to accurate and credible information about the relative safety of vaping versus smoking;
  •      Helps smokers access vaping products that can effectively help them transition out of tobacco;
  •      Allows flavoured vaping liquids;
  •      Prevents access by young people to vaping products;
  •      Ensures that marketing for vaping products does not target young people or non-smokers;
  •      Reduces risks for consumers of vaping products by introducing robust manufacturing and product safety standards.”

This campaign, reflects the opinions of numerous public health and tobacco harm reduction experts and researchers. In fact, in the UK alone, data released last Summer by the Office for National Statistics had indicated a change in the positive downward trend of smoking cessation rates that the country had been boasting. For the first time in years, an increase in adult smoking rates was witnessed, while the rapid growth in the numbers of people switching from smoking to vaping had dropped significantly.



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