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European Commission. (2016) Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the potential risks to public health associated with the use of refillable electronic cigarettes. Brussels: European Commission. 9 p. COM(2016) 269 final

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Fulfilling its commitment under Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive, the Commission today adopted a report for the European Parliament and the Council on “the potential risks to public health associated with the use of refillable electronic cigarettes”. The report included input from an external study that analysed physical samples, scientific literature and data from poison centres in eight EU countries. The study also surveyed the e-cigarette industry on their perception of the risks.

The report concludes that the use of refillable electronic e-cigarettes, and the potential exposure to e-liquids containing nicotine, may pose risks to public health.
There are four main risks related to the use of refillable e-cigarettes:
1. poisoning from ingesting e-liquids containing nicotine (especially for young children);
2. skin reactions related to dermal contact with e-liquids containing nicotine and other skin irritants;
3. risks associated with home blending; and
4. risks due to using untested combinations of e-liquid and device or hardware customisation.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Tobacco
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:European Commission
Date:May 2016
Pages:9 p.
Publisher:European Commission
Corporate Creators:European Commission
Place of Publication:Brussels
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Subjects:B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking) > Nicotine product (e-cigarette / vaping)
G Health and disease > State of health
VA Geographic area > Europe

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