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Blackburn e-cigarette firm's fears over European ruling
A BLACKBURN e-cigarettes manufacturer has warned that a European vote next week could see its products banned.
Totally Wicked wrote to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRC) to contest its proposal to classify products containing nicotine as medicinal products.
The MHRA confirmed in a reply that none of the company’s products are classed as medicinal products but said it would still need to seek medicinal licen-ces if MEPs vote for the EU’s draft Tobacco Products Directive on September 10.
This ‘is the clearest statement yet that currently available e-cigarette products will be banned from 2016 if the TPD passes into law’, because only products that are classed as medicinal can apply for such licences, the firm said.
Totally Wicked chief Fraser Cropper, said: “Since the commencement of the MHRA’s consult-ation in 2010, our company and our customers have made it very clear that our products were not and could not be legally or ethically classed as medicinal products.”
Totally Wicked has been backed in its fight against the proposals by European MP, Chris Davis, who visited the company’s site in June.
He said at the time: “The fact is that these e-cigarettes are a complete game changer when it comes to saving lives.”
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