More pressure being applied by Lords, MPs and MEPs regarding the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
Recently we have seen a ‘fatal motion’ proposed by Lord Callanan in the House of Lords, MP Anne Main has called for the House of Commons to annul the TPD, and now we see that the Conservative MEPs in Brussels are taking steps to re-open the debate on the TPD.
This is heartening news for vapers, though it could be mentioned that this level of action would have been welcome 2 years ago, when the TPD was going through the EU system.
Writing about this on the Conservatives in Europe blog, MEPs Julie Girling and Vicky Ford explain that they have written to EU Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas asking him to examine the latest evidence on the health effects of vaping, and, whether it can help long term smokers give up traditional cigarettes.
The hope is that if Mr Moedas makes a similar finding to that of Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians, the European Commission will look again at the controversial Tobacco Products Directive.
Conservative Environment Co-ordinator Mrs Girling (South West and Gibraltar) said,
There is great concern that the new regulations will dissuade smokers from switching to e-cigarettes.
There was little scientific input when this part of the directive was drawn up and further evidence has subsequently highlighted the potential public health benefits of e-cigarettes. We believe it is time some facts were introduced into this debate and hope Mr Moedas will agree to our request. This is a great opportunity to use the expertise of the Scientific Advice Mechanism. This is a highly qualified and highly respected group of eminent scientists from across Europe which was put in place largely thanks to Conservative MEP pressure.
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