The Greek government has just released a new, unexpected stance on e-cigarettes. It has formally banned the sale of e-liquid without nicotine throughout the territory for reasons not very “orthodox” to say the least. Indeed, while TPD (Tobacco Products Regulations) have been instituted to limit the risk of overdose, Greece has found that these devices are not sufficiently protective for the vaper. Anti vape lobby or misinterpretation? Here are the explanations that follow this radical decision.
The Greek government and the tobacco issue
The European directive on ecig regulation has been clear on the issue of tobacco. According to her, the liquid flavor should be limited to a certain amount to prevent abuse by manufacturers. It is especially around the nicotine question that the debate was put, moreover the bottles were limited to 10 ml for a ratio of 20 mg per ml maximum, followed by a regulation on the marketing principles (prohibition of advertise on the media, sales control, etc.). Clearly, the aim of the directive was based on the fight against smoking, which is in line with the aim of e-cig.
For Greece, it is neither nicotine nor tobacco that disturbs but vape in its essence. In fact, the benevolence of PDT mainly concerns the protection of vapers by gradually moving them away from nicotine addiction. Unless the Greek institutions are sadistic in forcing the population to nicotine vaping, one can easily deduce that the vape is not welcome.
The law vape Greece, therefore retains the principles of TPD while limiting sales to e-liquid nicotine (3 to 20 mg). The explanation received from the managers was less convincing when they mentioned their desire to prohibit particularly DIY that are not concerned by the directive.
Negative consequences of this new ban
Introducing an additional directive to TPD is not in any way bad faith on the part of the Greek government. However, the implementation of a non-nicotine e-liquid ban reopens the door to cigarettes and raw tobacco. Therefore, an experienced vapoteur will no longer be able to test fruity e-liquids, gourmet e-liquids or even e-liquid tobacco without ingesting nicotine either through a liquid aroma for DIY or purchase. direct from an e-liquid. The risk of relapse into dependence is thus very great, while the very object of vaping is biased.
By restricting the accessibility of vapers and smokers to e-liquids, banned e-liquids will eventually engage e-cigs users in the path of precarious smoking. To this end, Dr. Farsalinos, a fervent Greek, defender of the vape, cries out scandal over this new regulation that he considers a threat to veteran vapers no longer attractive to nicotine, yet forced to take. He said in a statement that the fight against tobacco should be conducted with the vape and not the opposite, pointing to the relevance or even the legitimacy of this decision.
Regarding DIY, the vapoteur will be forced to consume finished products, vapes nicotine. The interpretation of the new regulations prohibits the purchase of ingredients necessary for the preparation of an e-liquid namely: the PG, the VG, and other flavors, but how does the government intend to control all this?