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EU decides to regulate coffee.

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  1. Albantar

    Albantar Full Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    Loenen, GLD, NL
    Yesterday, the European Parliament has ratified the CPD (Coffee Products Directive) that will allow member states to regulate coffee, in order to protect EU citizens from the health risks posed by cafeine. From 2016 onwards, only coffee machines that deliver cups of no more than 15cl will be allowed. Furthermore, each cup must contain the exact same amount of cafeine. Any coffee machines that fail to adhere to these strict standards will not be authorised for sale. Coffee may only be sold in pads or cups (Senseo / Nespresso system) and packages of pads may contain no more than 16 pads. Sale of ground coffee or coffee beans will be outlawed. Espresso may no longer be served because it contains too much cafeine, and coffee with added flavours such as mocca, vanilla, cappuccino, frappaccino, etc. will also be banned because they're too attractive to young people. Even though the regulation has been put in place to control cafeine, the rules will also apply to decaf coffee. However, energy drinks containing cafeine as well as tea will still be freely available.

    "Our goal is not to ban coffee," commented an MEP. "Europeans will still be able to drink coffee at their leasure. We're just seeking to regulate coffee for the sake of public health. Europeans will be sure that any cup of coffee they drink adheres to the same strict standards so they can safely continue to enjoy it."

    Sounds outrageous? Well, it would be, if it were true. But this is exactly what the EU has decided to do to electronic cigarettes, that are no more dangerous than coffee!

    (Please copy and distribute this text as often as you like! I wrote it to induce a "shock effect" in people who have no idea what's going on in the vape world, and the Dutch and French versions that I've already placed on Facebook and several forums have indeed had the desired effect...)
  2. Anjaffm

    Anjaffm Dragon Lady ECF Veteran

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    Sep 12, 2013
  3. Maytwin

    Maytwin Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 28, 2011
    SW France
    Thank you Albantar - I needed something to make me laugh after yesterday's EU vote :)
  4. Stosh

    Stosh Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 2, 2010
    Thank you for the wonderful read, I'm laughing at how ridiculous "banning coffee" sounds, and crying at how well it fits what was done to our PVs.
  5. Elizabeth Baldwin

    Elizabeth Baldwin Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

  6. Vermonster13

    Vermonster13 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2010
    Rutland, Vermont
    If coffee is ever just drank by less than 30% of the population............
  7. FourWinds

    FourWinds Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 30, 2014
  8. Zauyrio

    Zauyrio Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    Posted on my facebook. Got a rant from an ANTZ that caffeine is nowhere close to nicotine in the addictive scale, and that appearantly coffee is okay, due to the general population saying so. On the other hand, i got several of my mothers friends (ages around 50-85) to sign up for EFVI. Success.
  9. DrMA

    DrMA Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2013
    Seattle area
  10. Albantar

    Albantar Full Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    Loenen, GLD, NL
    Well, it is true of course that nicotine is a lot more addictive than cafeine, there's no doubt about that. But that's not the point. It's not the addiction that's in question, it's the health risk. Every time I see a report on vaping, the concluded dangerousness of it seems to decline further. First it was "definitely less dangerous than smoking", then it was "400-1000x less dangerous than smoking", then "no more dangerous than coffee" and recently I've heard "it's less dangerous than our current sugar consumption; it's about as dangerous as eating fruits, vegetables or fish; fruits and vegetables may contain pesticides and fish may contain heavy metals or dangerous bacteria such as salmonella."
  11. Zauyrio

    Zauyrio Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    Whilst i wholeheartedly agree, The person in question did not think of it this way, is all i ment. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
  12. Tedlee

    Tedlee Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Hahahah Love it !!!:laugh:
  13. Starlyte2

    Starlyte2 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Carcassonne, France
    Keep your dirty paws off MY COFFEE!

    I live in France, it's as much a national drink as wine here, which, in passing, would be more suitable as product to be regulated. This will not pass quietly by...

    Will they put regulations on how much "clean" air we breath next ?? And tea ?? That's just like in the UK no more tea ?? LMAO

    It's as bad as regulations on vaping :(
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