Ban on menthol, vitamins, taurine, caffeine, diacetyl and other substances in e- liquids

The European tobacco directive (EU TCD) is leaving a certain latitude to the EU Member States whether to allow flavors in the e-liquids. A leeway that Germany seems to be willing to exploit.

Authorities could still ban a long list of ingredients, including the flavors that facilitate the inhalation or absorption of nicotine, such as mint flavors, according to the research company.

TPD Art. 7 prohibits adding some ingredients to tobacco products and Germany could extend the scope of this prohibition to vaping products. Hence, vitamins and some other additives that may give the impression that an e-liquid could have beneficial health effects would be prohibited, including stimulants such as caffeine and taurine.

In France, the AFNOR standard for e-liquids (Standard XP D90-300-2) also proscribes the use of those substances as ingredients in liquids for electronic cigarettes.

The menthol in tobacco products has long been and remains controversial for regulation. It is part of the objectives of the anti-smoking fight. This flavor would be responsible for a greater reliance on nicotine, would facilitate its inhalation and would give it a less bitter taste, making tobacco more attractive to new smokers (PDF: Menthol DKFZ product sheet in German only). For all these reasons, menthol may be included in the lists of Member States wishing to restrict flavors for electronic cigarettes.

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