Europe’s TPD Update
The European Commission have published a report updating its opinion on how the TPD directive has performed since its implementation, signalling the future direction of the plan. European Vapers have been given cause for concern over threats to open systems.
There are a few sections from the report that have major importance:
Section 7.1: Conclusions on novel tobacco and emerging products
“The EU regulatory framework does not currently address all novel tobacco and emerging products, nor provide flexibility to address rapid product developments. HTPs [heated tobacco products] should be monitored closely as they pose specific regulatory challenges, including health warnings, use of flavours and interaction with devices. There are also legal loopholes with respect to emerging nicotine or similar products (excluding those authorised for medical purposes and/or for smoking cessation under medical authorisation).”
This section basically confirms that the laws concerning vaping across Europe is going to be tightened and toughened.
Section 8.1 Conclusions on e-cigarettes and refill containers
“E-cigarettes contain nicotine, a toxic substance. The Commission will base its risk management decisions on e-cigarettes on the SCHEER scientific opinion. The SCHEER opinion underlined their health consequences and the important role they play in smoking initiation. This opinion supports the careful and precautionary approach taken so far.
“However, it should be explored whether some provisions could be further developed or clarified, such as tank size or labelling requirements; use of flavours; use of nicotine-free liquids; and advertising provisions.
“Insofar as e-cigarettes are smoking cessation aids, their regulation should follow the pharmaceutical legislation.”
The EU clearly chooses to ignore the facts here. Firstly, the dose makes the poison. They have embraced the fundamentally broken SCHEER report, aswell.
Any reference of flavour limitation will cause fear in European ecig users, as will any talk of shortfills. There’s also Note 54…
"(54) Open systems with refillable tanks are the most popular, followed by rechargeable devices with replaceable cartridges. While closed systems restrict device manipulation and reduce malpractice, open systems allow independent dosing and tailored interoperability, which can act as a gateway for user negligence."
They have made the decision to take on WHO’s view on open systems, decided that all of a sudden with the open to build your own coils and adding your own e-liquids means anyone could add a noxious and poisonous substance.
It’s a direct threat to EU tank manufacturers. Almost a certainty that the next TPD iteration could very well cripple the freedom of vapers, destroying their options and versatility.