Early day motion 115

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That this House affirms the enormous potential benefits to public health of e-cigarettes, or vaping, as an aid to smoking cessation; acknowledges the current best estimate, accepted by Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians, that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking tobacco; further acknowledges the lack of evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes act as a gateway into smoking for children and non-smokers; notes that the European Commission's Tobacco Products Directive prohibits most forms of advertising for e-cigarettes, which would hinder the promotion of e-cigarettes as a way of assisting smokers to stop smoking tobacco; is deeply concerned that this is likely to undermine efforts to discourage people from smoking cigarettes, particularly in light of evidence that nearly half of the population do not currently realise that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco; also notes concerns that, due to restrictions on maximum nicotine concentrations and refill container and tank sizes, and a subsequent reduction of choice of vaping products, there is a risk that some vapers will revert back to smoking; supports regulation of the vaping industry that is proportionate to the risks and potential benefits of e-cigarettes; and calls on the Government to withdraw the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and to encourage the European Commission to propose amendments to the Tobacco Products Directive at the earliest opportunity.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 26.05.2016
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West and Penge 08.06.2016
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 09.06.2016
Howarth, Gerald Conservative Party Aldershot 07.06.2016
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 26.05.2016
Main, Anne Conservative Party St Albans 06.06.2016
Robinson, Gavin Democratic Unionist Party Belfast East 06.06.2016
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 07.06.2016
Syms, Robert Conservative Party Poole 06.06.2016