I wonder if EU Commission officials have reflected on the irony of this idiom as they seek to overturn Parliament’s rejection of medicinal regulation. Today’s meeting rooms benefit from being clear of tobacco smoke and from the light streaming through glass windows and walls. The media and Europe’s 10 million voting vapers are peering in. So are the lawyers and scientists ready to expose deals that smell of pharma lobbying. The Commission’s latest proposal (see below) is illegitimate and unworkable. Vapers are growing in numbers and confidence. Politics will not allow their products to become harder to sell than tobacco.
Charles Hamshaw-Thomas, Legal & Corporate Affairs Director for E-Lites
- Analysis of Commission Proposal Clive Bates, 25 November 2013
- Commission’s Proposal Sanco, 22 November 2013
Recent Thought Leadership
- “It is not that often that we find ourselves in agreement with a vote in the European Parliament.” Daily Telegraph, October 2013
- European Parliament vote attracts attention in the USA New York Times, October 2013
- Votewatch Analysis : MEPs: AM 170 (EPP,ALDE, ECR): 386 in favour 283 against
- “E-cigarettes will save lives if we keep them out of the itching regulatory hands of the health nannies” The Times, October 2013
- “Careless regulation costs lives… Politicians should stand back and let a thousand e-cig brands bloom.” The Economist, September 2013
- UK MP who is also a doctor: Views of Dr Sarah Wollaston MP
- UK Government criticised for blinkered policy making Jill Rutter, Institute of Government, October 2013
the UK’s largest e-cigarette company which believes tight regulation of product quality and safety is important and can be achieved through building on the industry’s self-regulatory code, the Industry Standard of Excellence, described by UK Trading Standards as ‘… a code any industry would be proud to have…’.