ENSP/EFA guide to implement the European regulation on e-cigarettes


Helping Member States of the European Union implement Article 20 of the new Directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products (2014/40/EU) which replaces the Directive 2001/37/EU

Given that the Directive itself specifies that some points are still a matter of national legislation, ENSP/EFA encourage Member States to go beyond the requirements included in the Directive.

Thus, both electronic cigarettes with and without nicotine should be covered by national legislation to avoid renormalisation, as well as all existing, potential and future devices with and without nicotine, all electronic nicotine delivery systems and all refill cartridges.

For the same reason, a general advertising ban should apply at the national level and not only when there is a cross-border effect, electronic cigarettes should be banned in all public places where smoking is not allowed, flavours should be prohibited to limit the vaping uptake of children and young people, electronic cigarettes should not be sold to minors, prices should be regulated through taxation, and the FCTC protocol on illicit trade should be applied to electronic cigarette trading.

The detailed ENSP/EFA recommendations to implement Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive can be found here.

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