Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

Barry on e-cigarettes

The percentage of the adult population using e-cigarettes has increased from 0.5% in 2011 to 5.5% in 2015. Recent studies suggest e-cigarettes can be at least as effective as nicotine patches or gum in helping to stop or reduce smoking . In 08/15, Public Health England published evidence indicating e-cigarettes are "95% safer than smoking", pose "no risk of nicotine poisoning", and release "negligible amounts" of nicotine into the environment. Barry sets out his position below:

The UK Government agreed that the 2014 directive, which includes regulation of e-cigarettes and herbal products, will be implemented in UK law from 20 May 2016.

I appreciate that e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular in our constituency and across the UK. They are an aide that can help many smokers who are trying to quit. However, I think it is important that there are regulations in place to ensure these products meet quality and safety standards. The provisions in the directive include product and packaging requirements and advertising restrictions.

The Government held a consultation on implementing the directive between 2 July and 3 September 2015. The responses to the consultation demonstrated the range of views that there are on how e-cigarettes and vaping products should be sold and manufactured, and I will carefully consider the regulations when the Government places them before Parliament. 

The Government's draft regulations include changes to the sizes of the liquid bottles you can buy and restricting how much nicotine they can contain. Alongside its provisions on e-cigarettes, the draft regulations include rules concerning the composition and labelling of tobacco products. I believe that the Government have a duty to help protect future generations from the dangers of smoking and it is important that we carefully consider sensible steps to discourage young people from taking up smoking.

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