North-East MEP calls for e-cigarette users to help him fight "draconian" new laws

The Northern Echo: NEW LAW: Some e-cigarettes could be banned under a new EU law NEW LAW: Some e-cigarettes could be banned under a new EU law

A NORTH-East MEP has called on users of electronic cigarettes to help him fight “draconian” laws which would regulate their use.

Martin Callanan claims a proposed ban on refillable e-cigarettes, alongside heavy restrictions on all but the weakest so-called vapers, would stop people from using the gadgets to quit smoking.

The European Parliament will vote on Wednesday on the Tobacco Products Directive, which is aimed at introducing measures to discourage younger people from smoking.

These include a minimum pack size of 20 cigarettes and large health warning labels.

However, Mr Callanan argues that while they are still harmful, e-cigarettes are a preferable alternative to tobacco.

The Conservative MEP said scores of North-East users had been in touch asking him to defend their right to continue using electronic cigarettes, but he needed more people to contact him.

He said: "Electronic cigarettes are offering many smokers the opportunity to come off of tobacco.

"By regulating many e-cigarettes out of existence we risk unintentionally sending people who have stopped smoking tobacco back onto this more harmful product.

"I am not saying that e-cigs should be unregulated, but just that they should be regulated according to the benefits they bring to those people who are trying to give up on tobacco."

The MEP is urging users worried about the ban to contact him at martincallanan.com.

Former 60-a-day smoker David Dorn, 58, from Sunderland, has campaigned against the reclassification of e-cigarettes.

He said: “I am afraid that the EU could be about to make a big mistake by over-regulating and limiting choice, which will simply lead to fewer people switching. That cannot be a sensible approach."

E-cigarettes provide users with a nicotine hit like normal tobacco, but without the carbon monoxide, smoke or tar.

Ailsa Rutter, director of anti-smoking North-East campaign group Fresh, said her group recognised the role e-cigarettes could play.

However, she added that nicotine was still a highly addictive substance.

“The sort of glamorous advertising we are now seeing, including link ups with celebs and football clubs, risks making smoking more attractive to children.

"There are also concerns about quality control of cheap imports and whether they are effective.

“This is why we support the EU Products Directive.”

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8:57pm Mon 24 Feb 14

My2centsandmore says...

Nicotine is not addictive. NOT in Nicotine Replacement Therapy and NOT in e-cigs. There should be no problems to understand this.

Cigarettes are addictive for ONLY 30% of the smokers. Because this addiction comes from constituents of the tar in combination with nicotine.
A lot of vapers reduce the nicotine content of their e-liquids because they can´t stand the strength any longer. That is quite the opposite what anybody expects from a drug.
Nicotine is not addictive. NOT in Nicotine Replacement Therapy and NOT in e-cigs. There should be no problems to understand this. Cigarettes are addictive for ONLY 30% of the smokers. Because this addiction comes from constituents of the tar in combination with nicotine. A lot of vapers reduce the nicotine content of their e-liquids because they can´t stand the strength any longer. That is quite the opposite what anybody expects from a drug. My2centsandmore
  • Score: 7

10:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Usernamewillbedisplayed says...

The government doesn't actually want smokers to get off fags.
A 20-a-day smoker contributes £2, 500 per year to the treasury in tax on top of all the other tax they pay, as well as dying early and saving the treasury a fortune in pensions.

With almost 2 Million reformed smokers now using vapourisers, the government is losing somewhere in the region of 5 Billion pounds per year... plus those selfish vaporiser users are likely to start collecting their pensions and living longer!
The government doesn't actually want smokers to get off fags. A 20-a-day smoker contributes £2, 500 per year to the treasury in tax on top of all the other tax they pay, as well as dying early and saving the treasury a fortune in pensions. With almost 2 Million reformed smokers now using vapourisers, the government is losing somewhere in the region of 5 Billion pounds per year... plus those selfish vaporiser users are likely to start collecting their pensions and living longer! Usernamewillbedisplayed
  • Score: 14

11:30am Tue 25 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

Many friends and even family are now using these E-cigs and I find them to be no problem at all. The EU should just keep their noses out of this. The way they are going they will regulate everything. We know why the government is keen to keep tobacco going. It's a simple tactic. They could regulate tobacco and pretend to do this, while secretly hoping people will keep on with it. Typical two faced political trick. They are so out of touch with the truth that they wouldn't recognise it if they heard it.

E-cigs will save people having to stand in the rain at pubs. It may even save the many pubs that are under increasing pressure from a whole raft of other measures and falling sales.
Many friends and even family are now using these E-cigs and I find them to be no problem at all. The EU should just keep their noses out of this. The way they are going they will regulate everything. We know why the government is keen to keep tobacco going. It's a simple tactic. They could regulate tobacco and pretend to do this, while secretly hoping people will keep on with it. Typical two faced political trick. They are so out of touch with the truth that they wouldn't recognise it if they heard it. E-cigs will save people having to stand in the rain at pubs. It may even save the many pubs that are under increasing pressure from a whole raft of other measures and falling sales. Spy Boy
  • Score: 3

2:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

VapingAndroid says...

What precisely is harmful in e-cigs? I mix my own liquid using the same base and flavourings as in any ready mixed. The fact is there is nothing harmful in the vapour, and if you do add nicotine (which I don't anymore) it certainly is not addictive on its own and isn't known to have any harmful effects anyway. The pharma crap that can be described contains a large list of chemicals none of which are found in vaping fluid.
What precisely is harmful in e-cigs? I mix my own liquid using the same base and flavourings as in any ready mixed. The fact is there is nothing harmful in the vapour, and if you do add nicotine (which I don't anymore) it certainly is not addictive on its own and isn't known to have any harmful effects anyway. The pharma crap that can be described contains a large list of chemicals none of which are found in vaping fluid. VapingAndroid
  • Score: 3

2:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

VapingAndroid says...

'prescribed' not described' oops lol
'prescribed' not described' oops lol VapingAndroid
  • Score: 0

7:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

grandmab says...

I don't care what you smoke as long as I don't have to put up with it in public places and on public transport. You may think it is not harmful but it is to me. The flavourings and perfumes that are in your vapers are devastating to some one like me with asthma. Why should I have to stay home so you can enjoy your addiction? If you must have a hit wear a patch!
I don't care what you smoke as long as I don't have to put up with it in public places and on public transport. You may think it is not harmful but it is to me. The flavourings and perfumes that are in your vapers are devastating to some one like me with asthma. Why should I have to stay home so you can enjoy your addiction? If you must have a hit wear a patch! grandmab
  • Score: -7

8:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

VapingAndroid says...

That is the point, I don't smoke anything and I don't use nicotine. Its VAPOUR and it would not affect you no matter what your condition. Nicotine on its own is not dangerous to anyone in the minute concentrations used by vapers anyway. Read up on the facts before blurting out crap.
That is the point, I don't smoke anything and I don't use nicotine. Its VAPOUR and it would not affect you no matter what your condition. Nicotine on its own is not dangerous to anyone in the minute concentrations used by vapers anyway. Read up on the facts before blurting out crap. VapingAndroid
  • Score: 6

1:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Yemen says...

VapingAndroid wrote:
What precisely is harmful in e-cigs? I mix my own liquid using the same base and flavourings as in any ready mixed. The fact is there is nothing harmful in the vapour, and if you do add nicotine (which I don't anymore) it certainly is not addictive on its own and isn't known to have any harmful effects anyway. The pharma crap that can be described contains a large list of chemicals none of which are found in vaping fluid.
exactly....

many of these inflationary articles however refer to these so called 'cigalikes' with the prefilled cartridges. I myself have no idea what in them and as you mix my own so i know what in them.
[quote][p][bold]VapingAndroid[/bold] wrote: What precisely is harmful in e-cigs? I mix my own liquid using the same base and flavourings as in any ready mixed. The fact is there is nothing harmful in the vapour, and if you do add nicotine (which I don't anymore) it certainly is not addictive on its own and isn't known to have any harmful effects anyway. The pharma crap that can be described contains a large list of chemicals none of which are found in vaping fluid.[/p][/quote]exactly.... many of these inflationary articles however refer to these so called 'cigalikes' with the prefilled cartridges. I myself have no idea what in them and as you mix my own so i know what in them. Yemen
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