Scientific Committees

Public consultation on electronic cigarettes

Public consultation on the
preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish today the preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes.

 preliminary Opinion

Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the scientific evidence online before 26 October 2020.

Following a request from the European Commission, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) provided a preliminary opinion on electronic cigarettes.

The main purpose of the scientific opinion is to assist the Commission in assessing the most recent scientific and technical information on e-cigarettes. Findings presented in the scientific opinion will feed into the Commission’s reporting obligations under Article 28 of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), and will also help the Commission in assessing the potential need for legislative amendments under the Directive or other regulatory/enforcement measures. The assessment includes and addresses the role of e-cigarettes, looking into potential impacts on the EU context, in relation to:

  1. their use and adverse health effects (i.e.; short- and long-term effects), risks associated with their technical design and chemical composition (e.g.; number and levels of toxicants) and with the existing EU regulatory framework (e.g. nicotine concentration and limits);
  2. their role as a gateway to smoking/the initiation of smoking (particularly focusing on young people) and
  3. their role in cessation of traditional tobacco smoking.

While drawing-up the scientific opinion, the committee takes into consideration the most recent and up-to-date scientific evidence and technical developments and, as appropriate, the existing provisions concerning e-cigarettes under the TPD (in particular Article 20(3)), and the evolution of new products on the market. The scientific opinion addresses considerations relevant both at individual level and at population level, from a public health perspective.

In line with the Stakeholder Dialogue Procedures (Annex V to the Rules of Procedures of the Scientific Committees), the Scientific Committees are now seeking feedback from the scientific community and stakeholders on this preliminary Opinion.

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the preliminary Opinion by 26 October 2020 in view of gathering specific comments, suggestions, explanations or contributions on the scientific basis of the Opinion, as well as any other scientific information regarding the questions addressed, to enable the Scientific Committee to focus on issues that need to be further investigated.

An electronic template provided with the documents should be used exclusively for the submission of comments, with reference made to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by email or post cannot be taken into account.

As stated in the Rules of Procedures (Annex V), a submission will not be considered if:

  • it is submitted after the deadline set out in the call,
  • it is presented in any other form than the template provided,
  • it exceeds the maximum length indicated for each section, or contains comments which do not correspond to the indicated title of that particular section,
  • it contains information on individual cases or any other material not included in published report,
  • it contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations or irrelevant or offensive statements or material. Complaints should be made according to the existing procedures,
  • it is related to policy or risk management aspects.

The Scientific Committee will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above and will take them into consideration if they are found relevant.

The European Commission reserves the right to publish all comments received on the Scientific Committees' website. Please read the Privacy statement before submitting comments.

 Submit comments (deadline: 26 October 2020 23:59 CET)

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