Electronic cigarettes and science in EU policy making

The European Commission is expected to publish next month a much-awaited report about the implementation of the 2014 Tobacco Product Directive (TPD). The report will determine whether e-cigarettes will be treated the same way as traditional cigarettes. [Shutterstock/AnneMS]

Cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths in the EU every year and eliminating smoking has been at the core of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

Electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products have been around for more than a decade as alternatives to cigarette smoking, but the European Commission is still cautious about how to legislate their use as they remain a controversial and polarising issue.

This may come to an end next month, when the Commission is expected to publish a much-awaited report about the implementation of the 2014 Tobacco Product Directive (TPD), which will determine whether e-cigarettes will be treated the same way as traditional cigarettes.

 

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