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EU to ban e-liquid sales ?

Discussion in 'EU Legislation' started by rolygate, Dec 18, 2012.

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  1. rolygate

    rolygate Forum Manager Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 24, 2009
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  2. Gamekeeper

    Gamekeeper Unregistered Supplier

    Jul 14, 2012
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  3. tommy2bad

    tommy2bad Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2011
    Unfortunately they intend restricting the availability of any product not approved and carting the sticker. So yes they do intend to stop imports.
  4. Old Chemist

    Old Chemist Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2009
    Situation in EU is getting worse, I'm afraid.
    According to the latest news from European Parliament, the new directive will effectively ban all liquids, not only those containing >4 mg/ml, as was suggested earlier - see Amendment 7 (pp. 8-9). This includes also cross-border sales (including Internet sales).
    In order to put the product on the market manufacturers or importers of the liquid will have to fulfill the requirements of the EU Directive 2001/83/EC (Medicinal products for human use). This will cost a lot of money and requires a lot of time.

    So again Big Pharma and Big Tobacco are the only winners. What about human health? Who cares.
  5. Paulette

    Paulette Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    Thanks so much for posting the information Old Chemist! Very bad news indeed!

    Do you (or anyone else) know the specifics of how the EU works. Do they vote on this "Draft Opinion" for the changes or what? How does it proceed from here?
  6. Oliver

    Oliver ECF Founder, formerly SmokeyJoe Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for the update, Old Chemist - I've blogged about it here: Europe - E-cigarettes to be banned in 3 years' time if committee's opinion is heeded. - ECF InfoZone
  7. Old Chemist

    Old Chemist Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2009
    Very nice and clear blog entry, SmokeyJoe! You're absolutely right about the pattern - this might be just a beginning.
  8. pmos69

    pmos69 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 19, 2011
    Wouldn't the Directive, approved with the proposed amendments, declare potatoes and tomatoes as medicine and require medical prescriptions to buy them (at pharmacies, presumably)?

    I'm not sure the import is banned by the directive, since that part mentions "tobacco products" and not "Nicotine-containing products"
  9. Apoxing

    Apoxing Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 23, 2013
    Will PG and VG also be banned ?
  10. Old Chemist

    Old Chemist Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 23, 2009
    Of course not. Zero nic liquids would not be affected by this directive. But most vapers (at least the beginners) seek nicotine solutions.
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