Yesterday, before the European Parliament’s Commission ENVI, the European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, answered to a question of Frédérique Ries about the transposition of the TPD by member states and declared that 8 member states (over 28) have officially indicated they have transposed the EU TPD. Later, on the same topic, he added: “If some member states do not follow their legal obligations, we will start immediately with infringement procedures, no doubt”.
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On the electronic cigarette, the Commissioner recalled that it is up to each member state to decide how to regulate the device. He also outlined that the role of the commission is just to collect informations from different experts and from different assessing boards. To the question “how to regulate?” he however declared “I personally believe that electronic cigarettes must be regulated as strong as possible because from my point of view it is a danger for public health.”
A report on the e-cigarette is also expected to be issued by the European Commission by the summer 2016. Its content may address safety issued regarding liquid nicotine.
The video can be viewed on the commission’s website, and his answer to F. Ries starts at 46:13?