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A meeting with Małgorzata Handzlik, a member of the European Parliament

Bielsko - Biała, Poland, 17/05/2013

The goal of the meeting was to exchange views on Article 18, a draft of a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and products related to e-cigarettes. eSmoking Institute presented health, social and economic consequences that may arise when the directive, in its current shape, is introduced. It is worth mentioning that the directive's draft allows the introduction for sale of only such liquids whose nicotine concentration does not exceed 4 mg/ml. 

eSmoking Institute suggested that the nicotine concentration level be established at 24 mg/ml. The introduction of a level of 4 mg/ml would practically make e-cigarettes illegal. Research prove that for the liquids to be of therapeutic use, the concentration of nicotine would have to be at least 20 mg/ml.

eSmoking Institute supports the introduction of ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors and the requirement to mark products containing nicotine.

The latest research carried out by teams led by Professor Etter, Professor Polosa and Professor Sobczak indicate that e-cigarettes are many times less harmful than their traditional counterparts. Whereas the number of chemical compounds in a regular cigarette is about 5600, an e-cigarette only contains from a dozen to, at worst, several dozens of chemical compounds.

In their research, Professor Etter and Professor Polosa claim that this is one of the best methods of quitting smoking. Apart from nicotine, e-cigarettes allow one to maintain behavioral reflexes, such as inhaling, the experience of flavor and aroma, the activity of hand. All this significantly boosts the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in supporting the process of quitting tobacco addiction.

The voting on amendments to the tobacco directive in European Parliament is scheduled for June 18. We can only hope that before making a decision, the members of the European Parliament will thoroughly examine all pros and cons once again. Especially in the context of e-cigarettes related points, because the current draft of the directive would practically deprive smokers of this method of finding a way out from the tobacco addiction.