Local MEP pledges backing for e-cigarette responses May 2nd, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Local MEP pledges backing for e-cigarette responses Local MEP has pledged to fight a bid to introduce new controls to restrict the availability and strength of e-cigarettes . Liberal Democrat Chris Davies says he has hundreds of letters from Northwest constituents claiming that e-cigarettes have helped them stop smoking tobacco. E-cigarettes provide users with a nicotine boost similar to conventional cigarettes, but contain no tobacco that is the cause of smoking-related disease and premature death. As nicotine is highly addictive the European Commission has proposed new requirements that e-cigarettes should be classified as a medicinal product and the nicotine content restricted. Mr Davies, a member of the European Parliament’s public health committee, says that this would undermine their value as a means of weaning hardened smokers off tobacco. He wants them to be sold alongside conventional cigarettes and says that former smokers are able to judge for themselves how much nicotine to inhale. Mr Davies said. “Many addicted smokers have written to tell me of the difference that the availability of e-cigarettes has made to their lives and their health.” “There’s no doubt that nicotine is addictive and light touch regulations are needed, but it is tobacco that kills. “Living is better than dying and the benefits of e-cigarettes far outweigh any disadvantages they may have.” Mr Davies predicts an uphill battle to fend off the proposed new regulations and urges users to make their views known to MEPs in other parties. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!