ENSP statement on e-cigarettes

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In line with the report on Electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes prepared by the FCTC Convention Secretariat the ENSP General Assembly discussed electronic cigarettes during its network meeting held in Brussels on 4 October 2012.

The ENSP General Assembly concludes that electronic cigarettes, with or without nicotine:

  • are another form of smoking and should thus not be allowed where smoking is prohibited;
  • must not be considered as an ordinary trading product;
  • if allowed on the market, must be regulated;
  • if scientifically demonstrated as a safe and effective smoking cessation method, should be licensed as a medical product by the European Medicines Agency and/or a national equivalent.