On the 2nd of September Save E-cigs is organising a major event in the House of Commons hosted by Rt. Hon Jack Straw MP (Labour), Mark Pawsey MP (Conservative), and John Pugh MP (Liberal Democrat). The meeting will be held in the Attlee Suite from 14:00 – 16:00.
At present there is a significant debate taking place as to how exactly e-cigarettes should be regulated. The Tobacco Products Directive, which the UK Government will be transposing over the next two years, sets some guidelines, but does not dictate actual regulation in many areas. Should they be included in the smoking ban as the Welsh Government has proposed? Should they be regulated as a medicinal product, a tobacco product, or something else? Our event will look at all these issues in detail. Speaking at this event will be:
· Professor Gerry Stimson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
· Clive Bates, Former Head of Action on Smoking and Health
· Louise Ross, Leicester Stop Smoking Services
· Professor Robert West, Professor of health psychology and director of tobacco studies at University College London’s department of epidemiology and public health
· Oliver Kershaw, Founder of the E-cigarette Forum
· Jill Rutter, Institute of Government
This meeting will not be just another event discussing e-cigarettes, it will genuinely move the debate forward; setting the scene, looking at what happens when policy makers get regulation wrong, and setting out how e-cigarettes could and should be regulated.
It is vital that all those with an interest in e-cigarettes engage on this important topic. If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have invited every MP to attend this event; however, to ensure that they attend it often helps if their constituents encourage them to attend. We would therefore be very grateful if you could please get in touch with your local MP and encourage them to attend this important event.