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Electronic Cigarettes

Question for Department of Health

UIN 206977, tabled on 22 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that no rogue batches of e-cigarettes and liquid reach the UK market.

Answered on

1 September 2014

The revised European Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU), which has a transposition deadline of May 2016, establishes new rules for the safety, quality, ingredients and presentation of consumer electronic cigarettes, as well as refill mechanisms. The new regulations will require six month prior notification of a range of information before either e-cigarettes or refills are placed on the market.

In the meantime, e-cigarettes are subject to general product safety regulatory requirements, which include powers for local trading standard officers to withdraw unsafe products from the market.

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