October 29, 2013

Could a Pouting Tobacconist Change the French e-Cig Market?

Meanwhile in France. A tobacco shop proprietor is suing a vapor shop over “unfair” labor practices. Apparently, the problem is that e-cigarettes look like cigarettes but don't have to be sold through the state-run tobacco authority like cigarettes do. The case has the potential to set precedent for e-cigarettes in France.

Tobacconist sues e-cigarette shop

Is France set to ban e-cigarettes in public? - The Local
Is France set to ban e-cigarettes in public? - The Local
Lawyers for the two sides argued the case in court in Toulouse yesterday with the buraliste saying e-cigarettes were a tobacco product and should only be sold through the legal monopoly of the tabac. He added that it was illegal to advertise tobacco products but the e-cigarette shop – sited near the tabac in Plaisance-du-Touch – had a window full of advertising which was aimed at persuading people to start using e-cigarettes and tobacco.

He said e-cigarettes “recall the act of smoking” and were supported by the four major world tobacco companies. The e-cigarette was another smoking product which was advertised as such and which used “cigarette” in its name.

I wonder if there were ever any French court cases where buggy whip companies sued car manufacturers over accelerator pedals.

Introducing the world's first Vapor Zeus!
Introducing the world's first Vapor Zeus!

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