European Union to Ban E-Cigarettes – Bad News for People Trying to Quit Smoking

By Dave S. Posted September 27, 2012

E-Cigarette BanAccording to reliable sources, the European Union is planning to ban the marketing of almost all smokeless nicotine-containing products. The draft Tobacco Products Directive has targeted a whole range of products such as electronic cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco products, orbs and strips. The only exception to this ban is a Swedish product called Snus.


The draft directive allegedly will only allow the sale of nicotine containing products (NCPs) which have been authorized to be used as medicinal products. The manufacturers will have to demonstrate that the product has a positive effect on health before it will be allowed in the market.


This targeting of NCPs is very bad news for people who are trying to quit smoking because now they won’t have access to nicotine without smoke. Electronic cigarettes have not been identified as medicinal products even though they are able to improve a person’s health by helping the person quit smoking. E-cigarettes are a far safer alternative to regular cigarettes since they contain only nicotine and not smoke.


This draft directive has come as a major shock to healthcare professionals who understand the dangerous effects of cigarette smoking. The smoke in cigarettes has a direct link to cancer, hypertension and heart disease. Since it is very hard to quit smoking (nicotine is one of the most addictive substances used by man), e-cigarettes are a widely-acknowledged viable alternative.


While the objective of the creators of the draft directive might be to protect people, it is certainly not what is going to be achieved by it. As a matter of fact, it will have quite the opposite effect since people in Europe won’t be able to depend on e-cigarettes  to ease them through the pain of quitting smoking.


Interestingly, there is a similar problem in New Zealand where the Ministry of Health plans to ban the sale of nicotine electronic cigarettes entirely even though it admits that these products are “far safer” than regular cigarettes.


These ill-conceived government directives are really bad news for smokers who can’t do without nicotine.  Governments ought to think things through before they ban the use of e-cigarettes.


SEE ALSO: EU Parliament Votes Against Medical Regulation for E-Cigs (October 8, 2013)


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