Debate Over E-Cigarette Sales in ItalyArvin Peh
Italian political party proposes ban on e-cigarette sales across borders, sparks debate in government and legislature.
The political party in power in Italy, the Brothers of Italy, has proposed a modification to Bill 1038 which seeks to ban the long-distance and cross-border sale of e-cigarettes. However, the proposed amendment failed to gain support from the League party. Instead, the League party introduced a secondary amendment that only prohibits cross-border sales. These amendments will be debated and voted on by the Finance Committee of the Chamber of Deputies in the coming days.
The Italian League party has consistently supported the use of e-cigarettes.
They believe that banning cross-border sales of e-cigarettes alone is a more reasonable and feasible measure as it can limit illegal trade and cross-border circulation, while maintaining a free competition in the domestic market.
It is reported that there are a total of 22,729 registered e-cigarette products in Italy. Of these, 10,322 contain nicotine, while 12,407 are nicotine-free.
The previous Italian government was advocating for reduced harm from tobacco and allowed online sales of e-cigarette products. However, a proposed amendment by a sibling party may potentially change this stance.
Currently, the Italian government and legislature are engaged in heated discussions and debates regarding the sale of e-cigarettes.
They hope to find a balanced solution that both protects public health and promotes economic and market development.
The 1038 Bill