The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was put to a vote today in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee of the European Parliament.

Marina along with her Conservative colleagues voted against the report, voicing concern at measures aimed to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes. The vote was the product of an agreement reached between the EU and national governments.

Speaking on the vote Marina said, “It is ridiculous that the EU has decided to restrict the sale of e-cigs. The device has become very popular in the past few years, precisely because it helps people quit. The EU has managed to produce a directive which runs counter to its original intention- instead of reducing the number of smokers; it has now made it harder to quit.”

Marina has consistently campaigned to maintain the availability of e-cigs to consumers, rejecting repeated calls to reclassify them as medicinal. To do so would make them available only behind the counter of a pharmacy.

Under the directive, it is likely many thousands of people will be inadvertently pushed back onto regular cigarettes as e-cigs become harder to obtain.