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ECigIntelligence Highlights Europe Concerns

While Governments in Europe are currently the most pro tobacco harm reduction supporting ones globally, ECigIntelligence warns that forthcoming elections risk that position

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While Governments in Europe are currently the most pro tobacco harm reduction supporting ones globally, with the most relaxed vape legislation, ECigIntelligence warns that forthcoming elections risk that position. The statement comes following new research conducted by Tamarind Intelligence.

ECigIntelligence says it is the leading provider of detailed global market and regulatory analysis, legal tracking, and quantitative data for the e-cigarette sector worldwide, adding “We provide our clients with the tools to navigate this fast-moving sector, tailor their business strategy, optimise resources, and make informed decisions. Our global perspective on the international vape sector offers valuable data such as market trends, key players, regulatory obligations and industry dynamics.”

ECigIntelligence commented: “Recent and forthcoming elections in several countries – including those in Finland and Spain, as well as for the European Parliament – may prove crucial in determining the future status of these products, the researchers predicted.”

Later elections in Ireland and the Czech Republic could also be significant, they added.

Our analysis of official attitudes toward e-cigarettes and other tobacco harm reduction products shows some clear global trends,” said Tamarind Intelligence editorial director Barnaby Page.

For example, European countries tend to have more favourable attitudes, while Asian countries tend to be much more polarised.

“However, the laws in this area can change very rapidly – sometimes because government itself changes, or at other times because issues such as underage vaping or the environmental impact of disposable vapes come into the spotlight.”

Worldwide, the Tamarind researchers expect regulation of products like e-cigarettes, heated tobacco and nicotine pouches to become stricter, especially in upper-middle-income and high-income countries.

Flavoured products are likely to be one of the issues receiving the most attention, with many countries proposing to ban them.

The new research is based on the Tamarind Intelligence Policy Radar, which tracks current regulation and the anticipated future situation in more than 50 countries.

Europe has already indicated its opposition to flavoured products.

Last year, Stella Kyriakides, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “By removing flavoured heated tobacco from the market we are taking yet another step towards realising our vision under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan to create a ‘Tobacco Free Generation’ with less than 5% of the population using tobacco by 2040.

"With nine out of ten lung cancers caused by tobacco, we want to make smoking as unattractive as possible to protect the health of our citizens and save lives.

"Stronger actions to reduce tobacco consumption, stricter enforcement and keeping pace with new developments to address the endless flow of new products entering the market - particularly important to protect younger people – is key for this. Prevention will always be better than cure.”

Current vape related activity in the UK Parliament in the lead up to our next General Election has seen many voices calling for the adoption of plain packaging and a ban on flavours.

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