Davies/ Taylor: Today’s tobacco vote is a victory for e-cig campaigners

Liberal Democrat MEPs today won a major victory for e-cigarette users when the European Parliament backed their amendment which will ensure e-cigs are available for sale on the same basis as tobacco.

Chris Davies MEP said: “E-cigs can be a game changer in the fight against smoking.  Hundreds of former smokers have written to tell me that they have helped them give up cigarettes when nothing else worked.

“They are successful because they are not medicines but products that smokers enjoy using as an alternative to cigarettes.

“Every year 700,000 people in Europe die of smoking-related disease. We should not do anything that makes e-cigs harder to obtain than tobacco cigarettes.”

Rebecca Taylor MEP, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson in the European Parliament, added:

“Many smokers have already quit tobacco by switching to electronic cigarettes; today’s vote will help more of them to do so.”

Notes to editors

MEPs rejected the Commission proposal that electronic cigarettes should be treated as medicines, increasing their cost and reducing their availability in many countries.

The amendment from the ALDE (Liberal) Group stated that e-cigs should meet product safety standards and that there should be restrictions on their advertising and marketing, but that they had a major role to play in reducing tobacco-related deaths.

Attempts must now be made to find a compromise between the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers.

5 thoughts on “Davies/ Taylor: Today’s tobacco vote is a victory for e-cig campaigners

  1. Our thanks and congratulations. The right decision was made. Your efforts on behalf of all vapers across Europe are appreciated greatly.

    Thank you again.

  2. Well done . I have smoked for over 40 years and only an ecig has helped me give up . I have been using it 6 months and already reduced the level of nicotine in my mixture .

  3. Many thanks for your huge efforts and support to preserve e-cigs from potential extinction .