May 17. 2021. 4:02

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Electronic cigarettes and science in EU policy making


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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    Electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products have emerged as alternatives to cigarette smoking, which is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year in the EU.