Recently, many constituents have been emailing me with their stories about the role e-cigarettes played in helping them quit smoking. This is fantastic news but people are now worried that the EU now plans to ban e-cigarettes completely.
The EU is not banning e-cigarettes. They will still be sold in high street shops and supermarkets.
New legislation merely means that, from 2016, e-cigarettes will have to include modest written health warnings and the maximum nicotine concentration will remain fixed at 20mg/ml. Currently the nicotine dosage of a regular cigarette is 16mg.
The Scottish Government has recognised that e-cigarettes can potentially help people reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, or even stop smoking completely. However, it is concerned that the devices could re-normalise smoking and has said it will make e-cigarettes an age-restricted item to protect public health. The BMA has recommended this be set at 18, the same as conventional cigarettes.
The EU has published a brief overview of the e-cigarette legislation which you might find useful and is available here http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/tobacco_mythbuster_en.pdf
So don’t worry - the EU isn’t banning the vapers, just making them safer.