NORTH East Euro MP Martin Callanan is asking electronic cigarette users across South Tyneside for their support in opposing a new EU law.
On Wednesday the European Parliament will vot 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, the legislation would also make it likely that a ban on refillable ‘e-cigs’ would be introduced, alongside heavy restrictions on all but the weakest e-cigarettes.
Conservative MEP Mr Callanan has argued that while they are still harmful, they are a preferable alternative to tobacco.
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. I have argued this point in Brussels and will continue to do so ahead of the vote on Wednesday.”