With regards to concerns raised by a number of my constituents, it is important to make clear that the European Parliament and Labour MEPs are in no way attempting to ban e-cigarettes. We want products on the market that can help people give up smoking and I recognise e-cigarettes as a promising development.
The UK Government has been looking at this issue for several years and has recently concluded that e-cigarettes should be regulated in the same way as nicotine gums and patches i.e. under light-touch medicines legislation.
In the European Parliament we are still a long way from any changes; the final legislation must be negotiated and agreed between MEPs and national ministers first. Even when a deal is reached, Labour MEPs will be working to ensure that e-cigarette companies will have several years in which to adapt to the new rules, so that there are no interruptions on the market.