A new ruling by the Swedish Administrative Court this week stated that electronic cigarettes are NOT a medicine, and so do not need to be regulated as such.
That takes the total to eight courts in Europe that have ruled e cigarettes are not medicinal.
Last spring the Swedish Heath Regulatory Agency/ Authority called the MPA stated that any electronic cigarettes that contained nicotine needed to be approved as a medicine and be licensed accordingly.
However, one company in Malmo decided to ignore this and sold e-cigs until the MPA threatened them with a 700,000 SEK fine, and shutting down their business.
Not one to be outdone by proposed ridiculous laws made up by agencies , the e cig company in question appealed to the Administrative Court. The Court had a look at the facts, as the law must – and hey presto – The facts cleary show that electronic cigarettes are not a medicine, and therefore do not need to be approved as such.
Let’s hope that those in Trilogue at present within the EU, especially the Council and Commission and Lind McAvan the rapportuer, are aware of this new ruling, plus the other 7 court rulings that clearly state that e cigarettes are NOT a medicine. We hope this is at the forefront of their minds while they negotiate the TPD and amendment 170.