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Because it considers e-cigarette less dangerous than smoking tobacco, the Belgian Government, advised by the Supreme Council of Health (CSS) now encourages smokers to adopt the electronic cigarette among other nicotine delivery methods for smoking cessation.

The Royal Decree implementing the Article 20 of EU TPD in the Belgian law has been published last week, legalizing the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes on March 13.

Paradoxically, other measures may hinder the development of the e-cigarette, such as the prohibition of online purchases/sales in a Country where the specialty shops are still underdeveloped.

The planned fee of € 4,000 for the notification of each product may, in turn, push up prices and reduce the spectrum of the offer. It is worth noting that this fee is much higher than that of tobacco products (125 € per year).