EU science committee to report on vaping risks for revision of TPD

Europe’s health authorities have commissioned a science committee to report on the health risks of electronic cigarettes. The evidence it gathers is to be included in the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which the European Commission must submit by 20th May 2021.

The investigation will be carried out by the Scientific Committees on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER), a group of 17 professionals set up by the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) to provide opinions on questions concerning health, environmental and emerging risks.

During the group’s 11th plenary session, held in February in Luxembourg, the SCHEER officially accepted the Commission’s mandate to provide scientific input on the role of vaping products in relation to their use and adverse health effects.

The report will approach the risks associated with the existing EU regulatory framework, especially in terms of nicotine concentration and limits.

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