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Reply from my MEP for the South East.
11-02-2013, 06:36 PM
Post: #1
Reply from my MEP for the South East.
Dear Jim Hughes,

Many thanks for writing to me about the important issue of the EU Tobacco
Products Directive, and how it will affect electronic cigarettes.

Because e-cigarettes are a relatively new product they are regulated
differently in each EU country. Some countries allow e-cigarettes to be
sold without any regulation at all. Others have banned the sale of
e-cigarettes. As the UK is part of the EU's internal market it is important
that we harmonise the way we deal with this product, otherwise consumers
could be buying unregulated products which do not conform to basic safety
standards, either within their own country, or by easily purchasing it over
the internet from a neighbouring country.

The European Commission has proposed that all 'nicotine containing products'
with more than 2mg per unit should not be classed as tobacco products.
Instead, under the Commission's proposals, nearly all e-cigarettes will need
to get authorisation as a pharmaceutical product, in the same way as
nicotine patches, sprays and gums.

Of course there is a balance to strike. On one hand e-cigarettes have the
potential to be a helpful way to help somebody quit smoking entirely and
greatly improve their health. On the other hand e-cigarettes currently can
contain up to 48mg of nicotine - far more than a regular cigarette, making
them highly addictive. As nicotine is the drug that makes cigarettes
addictive, somebody that tries e-cigarettes could be much more likely to go
on to smoke regular cigarettes. Furthermore, there is no evidence that
e-cigarettes are safe, and it is concerning that they are being marketed as
a 'healthy' alternative to smoking. Currently we do not have any conclusive
evidence either that e-cigarettes are helpful for giving up smoking, or that
they encourage it.

While we do not have this scientific evidence to rely on I think it is wise
to have a cautious approach to e-cigarettes. If they are
effective in helping people to stop smoking, then it is appropriate that
they are regulated in the same way as other smoking cessation tools, such as
nicotine patches.

The Commission proposal is not final and there will be many months of
negotiations by the European Parliament, as well as health ministers from
the UK and other EU countries, before the legislation is agreed. During this
time Labour MEPs will be looking carefully at all of the measures and trying
to find the best way to ensure that we effectively reduce smoking rates in
the UK and across Europe.

Thanks again for writing to me on this important issue. I am enclosing a
proforma 'Stay In Touch'; if you would like to be kept in touch about my
work in the European Parliament, please complete and return this to me.

Best wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Skinner, Labour MEP for the South East
Fort Pitt Business Centre Suites 4 & 5
New Road
Rochester Kent ME1 1DU
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14-02-2013, 10:43 AM (This post was last modified: 22-02-2013 01:42 AM by DaveK.)
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Re: Reply from my MEP for the South East.
I'd definitely be pointing him at http://www.clivebates.com and including the six points in the covering email as a first retort, the Labour lot do seem to have regulation on their collective mind.
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14-02-2013, 01:24 PM
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Re: Reply from my MEP for the South East.
I had the same reply from him.
This is a standard reply sent by all Labour MEPs I've seen.

Each party has it's own boilerplate letter and it is very rare to get anything else.

It seems, as usual, that we aren't represented by our 'representatives' we're ruled by them plus whoever has the most lobbying money.

Fight the EU ecig/vaping ban!
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24-02-2013, 10:31 PM
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RE: Reply from my MEP for the South East.
That's exactly the same reply I got from him too.

E. Cig Warning: The Government can seriously damage your health.
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24-02-2013, 11:52 PM
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RE: Reply from my MEP for the South East.
This one's been posted over on UKV a fair bit too. Cut and Paste jobby.....

I think Dave D's suggestion to link them to Clive Bates' Blog is a good one - it certainly made an impression on my MP!

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