November 11, 2013

Italy Legalizes Public Vaping: “Not An Oversight”

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Regulators in Italy were pushing forward a set of rules that would outlaw use of electronic cigarettes just about everywhere — bars, theaters, restaurants, and much more.  However, a surprise move struck said restrictions from the decree and only banned e-cig use in schools.

According to some of the most involved decision-makers, the change wasn’t an oversight at all.  In fact, the change happened primarily cause electronic cigarettes “‘not smoking but vaporising.”  It seems that after looking at the facts — and doubtlessly after talking to University of Catania expert Riccardo Polosa — regulators decided electronic cigarettes were not due the same treatment as tobacco cigarettes.

Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin even spoke out against European Union efforts to classify the devices as medicine.  It certainly seems much of Italy is starting to see the light where electronic cigarettes are concerned.

And this could actually bode very well for American vapers.  Regulators do not make decisions here without considering the movement happening in other places.  Italy could be leading the way to a pro-electronic cigarette EU.  A pro-electronic cigarette EU could lead to a pro-electronic cigarette FDA.  We’ve certainly seen crazier things.

You can read more about the decision here and here.

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