AIDUCE (Independent Association of Electronic Cigarette Users) presents this petition in support of a device which is subject to efforts to discredit it.
We wish to express our reaction to the proposed measures in the Tobacco Products Directive, submitted by the European Health Commission, and to do this before any decisions are made at the member-state level. To this end we, e-cigarette users, are joining together to demand a neutral evaluation of this new alternative to tobacco smoking, and to insist on full participation in any future consultations which might contribute to legal decisions.
Based on our own personal experience, we are petitioning the authorities to classify these e-cigarette devices in a reasonable fashion, as consumer goods intended for use by adults.
The European Parliament proposal published on 19th December 2012 specified that any products containing more than 2mg of nicotine, containing nicotine at a concentration greater than 4mg/ml, or whose expected use would cause a peak nicotine level in plasma above 4ng/ml, should only be authorised for sale as medicines. This proposal is clear evidence that legislators are taking a mistaken approach. E-cigarettes, which are simply alternatives to tobacco smoking, and which allow smokers to free themselves from a harmful habit, must remain available to everyone as an individual free choice.
Therefore we, users of these products, demand that these devices remain classified as consumer products intended for use by adults, leaving it up to individual members of the public to make their own choice whether and how to use them, but nevertheless placing some restriction on their use by minors.
In particular we would like to emphasise that the maximum nicotine levels specified by the European Parliament are far lower than those currently specified by ANSM (Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament - French pharmaceutical drugs authority, similar to the UK MHRA
or the US FDA
), and would thus severely restrict the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes.
We are well aware of the devastating effects of tobacco use; we, users of e-cigarettes, demand that the authorities conduct an impartial evaluation of this product which seems to offer enormous public-health benefits.
By specifying a maximum nicotine concentration of 4mg/ml, legislators seem to be wanting to make e-cigarettes ineffective, thus preventing smokers who want to cut down or give up from making use of this healthier alternative. Additionally, this limit on nicotine concentration will lead thousands of existing e-cigarette users to go back to smoking cigarettes, rather than continuing to enjoy the benefits of remaining non-smokers.
We e-cigarette users are expressing our concern and disagreement with these proposals, because we are very much aware of the potential public-health benefits of these devices. The fight against the harm caused by smoking is remains our priority: this is why we appeal to elected representatives' sense of responsibility, and ask them to:
- Evaluate this novel solution in a neutral fashion;
- Take account of the fact that it is already being used by many ex-smokers;
- Recognise that it has a real potential to save thousands of lives in the future and;
- Avoid encouraging a black market, merely because they misunderstand these innovative products, which are life-saving for many smokers.
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This petition is open to all - users, their friends and family who are happy about the changes resulting from e-cigarette use; supporters of a novel alternative to smoking; future users; etc)
If you are an e-cigarette user, please feel free to include an account of your personal experience in the comments: when you stopped smoking tobacco, what equipment you use, your state of health.