Politicians from across the EU recently gathered in Brussels to discuss regulation, a new French study gets underway and the EU Commission monitors the TPD.

European members of parliament gathered in Brussels this month to reflect and plan for the future regulation of e-cigarettes across the 28-member states.

Hosted by David Campbell Bannerman MEP of the British Conservative Party and Fulvio Martusciello MEP of the European People’s Party, representatives took part in a round table discussion on, ‘Vaping regulation in the EU’ at the European Parliament.

The session saw representatives debate the role EU regulators should play in this industry to encourage innovation while also ensuring quality and product safety for consumers.

At the event, which was organised by Parliament Magazine, high profile speakers included Sebastien Gentiliniof Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and Pablo Cano Trilla, Head of Legal Analysis at eCigIntelligence.

Among the topics discussed was the perception of vaping and how it differs in various European nations, while views on the TPD were also highlighted.

Prior to this gathering, the EU Parliament recently hosted the creation of a working group on heat not burn (HnB) products, in a collaboration with the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP).

Meanwhile, the European Commission remains “cautious” about novel tobacco products.

Media4You organisation Euractiv reports a European Commission official as saying there must be more evidence on the impact such products have on public health. Martin Seychell, deputy director-general for health and food safety, said the executive’s public health objective remains the same:

“We should promote the concept that people should not be addicted at the first place. In a few words, prevention of addiction. Tobacco consumption still causes a lot of deaths, which would be easily preventable. On novel tobacco products specifically, the legislation is very clear. We have adopted a cautious approach about these products.”

The European Commission is funding a project to monitor and evaluate the TPD under the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) ratification at an EU level.

The Horizon2020 project, “European Regulatory Science on Tobacco: Policy implementation to reduce lung diseases” consists of four core objectives: firstly, to evaluate the psycho-social and behavioural impact of TPD and FCTC implementation, through the creation of a cohort of adult smokers in six EU Member States, using the methodology of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) Project.

Secondly, it will assess support for TPD implementation through secondary dataset analyses of the 2015 Special Eurobarometer on Tobacco Survey (SETS).

The plan will also document changes in e-cigarette products following TPD implementation and lastly, H2020 will enhance innovative joint research collaborations on chronic, non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries and in vulnerable populations in high-income countries.

Meanwhile in France

A publicly funded study into the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a tool in smoking cessation is understood to be underway featuring more than 600 smokers. Vape products, including zero-nicotine e-liquids, will be analysed in helping smokers stay off cigarettes successfully. The research study, called ESMOKE, is being funded by the French health authority and it will involve a broad range of smokers aged 18 to 70. It’s estimated there are currently 1.7 million vapers in France.