Ruling could deal blow to e-cigarette industry
A court ruling to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes in France last week could set a European, if not global precedent and knock the nascent e-cigarette industry off course.
A commercial court in Toulouse ruled on Monday that e-cigarettes (that do not contain tobacco) qualify as tobacco products and should only be sold by registered tobacconists.
French news agency AFP said the court ordered an e-cigarette retailer to stop selling and advertising the products. It argued it was violating the "state monopoly on the sale of tobacco" which states that tobacco products can only be sold at registered outlets in France, where their advertising is also banned.