Final Dutch advisory on e-cigarette flavors ends on September 28

Vaping consumers and advocates have less than a week to participate in the Dutch government’s brief public consultation on a flavor ban on a vape product that will likely lead current manufacturers out of business next year. The deadline for comments is September 28.

The new law, which bans all flavors of vape except tobacco, is set to take effect on January 1, 2023 – although products already on the market by December 31 can be sold until July 1, 2023. The law prohibits flavors in both containing e-liquids On nicotine and nicotine-free, and applies to packaged e-liquids and prepackaged products.

In June, the Swedish parliament rejected a bill that would have banned e-cigarette flavors. With the exception of the Netherlands, six European countries have banned non-tobacco flavors. In Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary and Lithuania, flavor restrictions have already been introduced, and a flavor ban in Ukraine will take effect in July 2023. No European country has a complete ban on all vape products.

New List of Allowed Ingredients = Hidden Ban on All Vapes

The consultation is an opportunity to comment privately on a new amendment to the country’s tobacco and smoking products order that goes a step beyond previously announced flavor restrictions. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Ministry of Health have proposed a list of only 16 ingredients allowed in tobacco-flavored e-liquids.

But the manufacturers say the limited list of allowed ingredients will make it impossible to develop new flavors — including those for tobacco.

According to Dutch vape advocates, the ingredient restrictions will essentially shut down all e-liquid manufacturers in the Netherlands, as they will have to phase out their existing products and will not be able to reformulate their tobacco flavors using the new list of permitted flavors.

How to respond to a Dutch advice

Although the law will only directly affect the Netherlands, any government policy on a controversial topic such as vaping can have an impact beyond the borders of the country that made the law. This is particularly true in the European Union, where member states routinely cooperate on issues related to health and tobacco. As the New British Nicotine Alliance (NNA) points out, even British newspapers can be affected by the ban on flavors in EU countries.

Since consultations are open to all, Dutch advocates are soliciting feedback from online newspapers and tobacco harm reduction advocates across the European Union and even in other regions of the world.

The European Advocates for Tobacco Harm Reduction was developed by the umbrella organization ETHRA. A guide to submitting comments on the consultation This makes the process simple. If you prefer to do it on your own, you can directly access Dutch advice and related information, including the list of allowed ingredients.

After the comment, encourage others on social media to do the same – and use the hashtag #smaaknoodzaak (a must-taste).

Dutch flavor ban background

In June 2020, then Dutch Health Minister Paul Blojes told Dutch parliament Tweed Kammer that the government would soon introduce a bill aimed at banning e-cigarette products in all flavors except tobacco.

Blokhuis justified the proposed flavor ban using a government-commissioned study by the Trimbos Institute that made use of cherry-picked science to support its claim that flavored vape products appeal to teenage users. The study also claimed that “there is increasing evidence that e-cigarettes are a stepping stone to tobacco cigarettes”, although there is no real evidence for a “gate effect”.

The government launched a public consultation in December 2020, which received a record number of comments – nearly all against the law – as e-cigarette advocates submitted to the government a signed petition from 19,000 consumers opposing the restrictions.

In May 2021, the outgoing Dutch cabinet (cabinet of ministers) approved a flavor ban, despite strong opposition from vapers and the independent vaping industry, led by the Dutch vaping consumer organization Acvoda and the industrial association Esigbond.

The law was due to go into effect on July 1, 2022. Then, in March 2022, Esigbond alerted the government that some of the original list of RIVM-approved ingredients were known carcinogens, so the Dutch cabinet postponed implementation of the law until 2023 while it reviewed it. the list.

Now the Dutch government should ignore a secondly A dissenting round of online newspapers in the Netherlands and across Europe in order to carry out its tough response to adolescent experiences.

Smokers created vaping without the help of the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and I believe vapers have a right to continue innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear and honest information about the challenges faced by vaping lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I am a member of the CASAA Board of Directors, but my opinions are not necessarily CASAA, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter whycherrywhy

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