Why the duplication of existing e cig regulations?


This proposed bill as mentioned here: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/back-law-can-ban-e-cigarette-7982540

And can be followed here: http://bit.ly/1tjrKAB is a bill regarding the banning of advertising of e-cigarettes and the legal age of purchase in England and Wales.

No, this isn’t the TPD mark 2.

This bill has been proposed by Welsh MP Geraint Davies, and it brings a few things into question, not least, is Mr Davies aware of the TPD? Because it is very strange that he has tabled this, when the banning of advertising is already in the TPD.

And we are of course all aware that a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to under 18s has already been introduced (January of this year).

This MP’s bill is therefore completely pointless.

His private members bill has passed the first reading stage; it did this on the 22nd of October, without debate (standard practice) and will now progress to second reading.

However, having said that it is pointless, the second reading stage should provide an opportunity for a debate on the subject of electronic cigarettes in Parliament.

And this is an opportunity not to be missed, because  we all now have the opportunity to get our MPs involved.

We believe this bill is due to be read a second time on the 16th of January 2015, (however there are two dates on the HoC page – one that said the 16th Jan, the second some time in March. We will of course keep you all aware and updated, but those of you interested enough can keep updated via the second link in the post).

We have been thinking about this bill, and wondering about it. On the issue of advertising, as already said, the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that will come into force in 2016, (subject to TW’s legal challenge), includes provisions to ban all advertising of electronic cigarettes.

Yes, thrown into the mix is the recent Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) regulation, where they have introduced a robust yet proportionate code of practice for the electronic cigarette industry, and if these rules are proven to work, (and we hope that they do), it would be perverse for the Government to go ahead with a blanket ban on the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes.

Perhaps this is what has confused him?

But it remains curious as to why Mr Davies is bringing in a bill that basically repeats what is already out there.

But seeing as he has, let’s all use this is an opportunity!

We URGE you all to get writing to your MPs, tell them about the bill, send them the link and ask them to attend the seconds reading – get them active and involved and we can then put this bill where it should be.

Save e cigs has welcomed the ban on under 18 sales in England, and we also publicly welcomed the decision of the Welsh Assembly Government to ban such sales in Wales. Right now we are calling for bans on such sales in Northern Ireland and Scotland.



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