Vaping regulations come into force in Spain, with more to come

by:Runfree     2023-03-30

Royal Decree 579/2017 is legislation on the manufacture, advertising and sale of vaping products in Spain, essentially translating the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into Spanish regulations, which came into force on June 11, 2017.

For the above reasons, within a few months, the sale of nebulizers over 2ml and e-liquidFilling solution for e-cigarettes over 10ml will be banned nationwide.

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Why online bans can have adverse effects on public health

A number of pro-vaping and/or anti-smoking organizations, among them the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) spoke out and wrote to the Spanish Ministry of Health, pointing out why such a regulation would have serious consequences for public health.

“There are very few specialty stores selling e-cigarettes in Spain, so banning online sales would prevent smokers from purchasing e-cigarettes and prevent thousands of existing users from continuing to use them. Smokers and umbrellas may need to travel several It takes hundreds of kilometers to get e-liquids and devices. However, there will still be cigarettes in every corner shop, so this will undoubtedly lead thousands of ex-smokers back to smoking,” said NNA UK Chairman Gerry Stimson.

“In automotive equipment and fluids, a large and completely unregulated black market could also emerge with additional risks. From a public health perspective, this clearly makes no sense,” Stimson added. There are fears that vapers will turn to the black market in response to expensive or unavailable products, a situation that will reverberate in every country where strict regulations are found.

Many public health experts around the world have been advocating the use of e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction smoking cessation tool after a prestigious study published last year by the Royal College of Physicians found it to be at least 95 percent safer than smoking cigarettes. The product has been approved in the UK, where the latest figures show the lowest number of reported smokers in the country.

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