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Draft act to protect children and young people from the dangers of using electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas

Notification Number: 2015/379/D (Germany)
Date received: 14/07/2015
End of Standstill: 15/10/2015

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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2015) 02182
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2015/0379/D

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201502182.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2015 0379 D EN 14-07-2015 D NOTIF



2. Member State
D


3. Department Responsible
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Referat E B 2, 11019 Berlin,
Tel.: 0049-30-2014-6353, Fax: 0049-30-2014-5379, E-Mail: infonorm@bmwi.bund.de


3. Originating Department
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, Referat 503, 53107 Bonn
Tel.: 0049-228-930-2717, Fax: 0049-3018-555-42717, E-Mail: susanne.schuster@bmfsfj.bund.de


4. Notification Number
2015/0379/D - C10C


5. Title
Draft act to protect children and young people from the dangers of using electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas


6. Products Concerned
- Tobacco products
- Other nicotine-containing products and their containers (electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas and their refill containers)
- Nicotine-free products, such as electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas, ​​in which liquid is vaporised by an electronic heating element and the resulting aerosols are inhaled by the mouth, as well as their refill containers


7. Notification Under Another Act



8. Main Content
In order to protect children and young people from the dangers of using tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas, the following measures are taken:

1. The bans on the sale and consumption of tobacco products are extended to electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas, as well as their refill containers.

2. It is ensured that tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas and their refill containers are sold only to adults, even via mail order.

3. The ban on the sale of tobacco products to young people under employment conditions is also extended to electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas, as well as their refill containers (Adaptation to the Young Persons (Protection of Employment) Act [Jugendarbeitsschutzgesetz]).


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
Health protection and prevention of addiction in children and young people:
The harmful effects of tobacco products and related products, such as electronic cigarettes, used for the consumption of nicotine-containing vapour by means of a mouthpiece and the corresponding refill containers with nicotine-containing fluids (see Article 1(f) and Article 2(16) and (17) of Directive 2014/40/EU) is recognised and undisputed on the grounds of nicotine being a neurotoxin and addictive substance. Consequently, in recital 21 of Directive 2014/40/EU, Member States are encouraged to prevent sales of such products to children and adolescents, by adopting appropriate measures that lay down and enforce age limits. In times of e-commerce, this measure can effectively succeed only if the mail-order trade is also addressed accordingly. Consumption bans serve the purpose of immediate protection.
Studies from 2015 by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (http://www.bfr.bund.de/cm/343/nikotinfreie-e-shishas-bergen-gesundheitliche-risiken.pdf) and the German Cancer Research Centre (http://www.dkfz.de/de/tabakkontrolle/download/Publikationen/AdWfP/AdWfdP_Gesundheitsgefaehrdung_von_Kindern_und_Jugendlichen_durch_E-Zigaretten.pdf) have shown that the consumption of nicotine-free electronic cigarettes and electronic shishas endangers the health of children and young people. Consequently, all nicotine-containing products should be treated alike.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Reference(s) to basic text(s): Youth Protection Act of 23 July 2002 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 2730), most recently amended by Article 2(55) and Article 4(36) of the Act of 7 August 2013 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 3154).
The Youth Protection Act can be found online at http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/juschg/ and served as the reference text in the following notifications: 2004/0192/D, 2007/0579/D, 2007/0586/D, 2010/0394/D, 2010/0604/D.

Young Persons (Protection of Employment) Act [JArbSchG] of 12 April 1976 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 965), most recently amended by Article 2(7) of the Act of 21 January 2015 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 10) (without content requiring notification). The JArbSchG can be found online at http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/jarbschg/.
The basic texts were forwarded with an earlier notification: 2007/0586/D


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency



13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
Please refer to Section A VI of the explanatory memorandum to the draft act for a detailed description of the impacts of the Act.


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure.




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