Majority of e-cigarettes could be taken off market following new EU deal
Tough new EU rules could see the majority of e-cigarettes forced off the market, in a move which could have dramatic consequences for public health.
A provisional deal between MEPs and national governments could prompt a ban on refillable e-cigarettes and force manufacturers to rely on single-use low-nicotine alternatives.
"This is a perverse decision that risks sending more people back to real, more harmful, cigarettes," European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader and shadow rapporteur on the directive Martin Callanan said.
"Refillable e-cigarettes would almost certainly be banned, and only the weakest products will be generally available. As many smokers begin on stronger e-cigs and gradually reduce their dosage, making stronger e-cigs harder to come across will encourage smokers to stay on tobacco."