European Union states and lawmakers agreed on Wednesday to regulate the booming e cigarette market and discourage smoking by increasing the size of health warnings on packets.

The sale of increasingly popular e cigarettes will continue to be authorised although countries that classify them as medicinal products will be able to restrict their sale to pharmacies only.

After intensive lobbying from the relatively new electronic cigarette industry, the European Parliament had refused to restricted their sale to pharmacies across the 28 nation bloc.

However, nicotine content in both the devices and refills will be regulated and the European Commission will have to provide a report on potential health risks two years after the EU s anti smoking measures come into effect.

About seven million Europeans have turned to e cigarettes in the last four years.

The law, which must still be formally approved by the parliament and member states, will force tobacco firms to cover 65 per cent of the packaging with health warnings.

With 70 per cent of smokers beginning before the age of 18, and 94 per cent before the age of 25, the new legislation aims especially to make cigarettes less attractive to youngsters.

Almost 700,000 Europeans die from tobacco related illnesses each year equal to the population of Frankfurt or Palermo with associated health costs running at more than 25 billion euros (HK$266 billion).

Regulation of electronic cigarettes in the eu

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Regulation of electronic cigarettes in the EU

Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom
no specific rules, existing consumer product safety legislation applies.
Belgium, Luxembourg considered as tobacco product if it contains tobacco extract, and as medicinal product if it contains nicotine but no tobacco extract.
Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden considered as medicinal product Finland bans advertising.
France considered as medicinal product if nicotine content exceeds limits (10mg or 20 mg/ml).
Greece prohibited unless specifically approved by Health Ministry.
Lithuania banned as imitation tobacco products, regardless of nicotine content.
Malta regulated under tobacco act.
Poland advertising ban.
Belgium, Malta and Slovakia ban the consumption of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public places, bars and restaurants and other workplaces.

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