It may result in many smaller and more innovative producers of electronic cigarettes going out of business. Medicines regulation creates a default prohibition and requirement for approval, leaving tobacco cigarettes as the only easily marketed source of nicotine. Speaking after the announcement, Fraser Cropper, Chief Executive Officer of Totally Wicked said: Do policy makers really want to protect an industry that kills 700,000 people at the expense of a market-based, consumer-led public health revolution that has the potential to save millions of lives? Let us not hide from the stark facts, because that is exactly what they have done today.
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EU regulation of e-cigarettes a step closer
The proposals will go to a plenary vote and if they pass this, will go on to negotiations with member states of the council. A spokesperson for Childers said they were pretty confident the parliament vote will be strong on the proposals, but that the battle is against the member states. The hope is that the changes, if they are approved, would come into effect between 2015 and 2016. However, this depends on whether the council and parliament can come to an agreement on the proposals before the end of the life of the current parliament.
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Electronic cigarette controls: Stephen Williams and Amish Badiani
The use of them, including by Daily Politics guest Laurie Penny on-air, can lead to complaints from others who think people are smoking traditional cigarettes, and so breaking the law. Liberal Demcorat MP Stephen Williams, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health, and Amish Badiani, a director of a small business selling electronic cigarettes, debated their use and the potential new rules on their use. MORE FROM THE DAILY & SUNDAY POLITICS
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