UK Vapers: Act Now to Stop the TPD!
Support a motion in the House of Lords that can kill the TPD in the UK
May 20, 2016 By Jim McDonald
British vapers have a good chance of preventing implementation of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in the UK by taking immediate action to support a “fatal motion” introduced in the House of Lords. Even though the TPD takes effect May 20, the Lords have till June to debate and approve the motion.
According to a press release from the 100K Coalition — a group of UK vapor businesses organized to oppose the TPD — the e-cigarette restrictions in Article 20 of the TPD will be suspended if the motion is approved.
Lord Callanan, who proposed the motion, was originally involved in the 2013 drafting of the TPD language as a member of the European Parliament. During a fascinating debate in the House of Lords on May 13, Lord Callanan apologized for his part in the legislation, and suggested that it may have been promoted by pharmaceutical interests.
“I asked why they were even in the directive in the first place, given that it is called a tobacco products directive and e-cigarettes are not tobacco products in any sense of the word. The answer I received many times was that this was argued for by the pharmaceutical industry, which would have an awful lot to lose if e-cigarettes supplanted or replaced nicotine patches and gum. I do not know the truth of that, but it seems that it was very successful in getting what it wanted.”
It isn’t often when direct action by a small group of activists can have an immediate effect on the implementation of a law. This is one of those times. British vapers have always led the way in standing up for our rights. We urge them to grab this opportunity to show the world yet again that they’re willing to fight and able to make a difference.
Take action now!
— Lorien Jollye CAO (@CaeruleanSea) May 19, 2016
Vapers in the UK need to get involved immediately to make sure this motion succeeds. This will be the last chance to scuttle the TPD, and if it fails, the harsh regulations will likely be in effect until 2026. Sarah Jakes of the New Nicotine Alliance suggests vapers take these immediate actions: