“That this House agrees with the Royal College of Physicians that it is crucial that e-cigarettes are priced as advantageously as possible in relation to tobacco; believes that the EU Tobacco Products Directive would significantly inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers and cost lives; further agrees with Public Health England that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking, and that nearly half the population does not realise that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking; further believes that restricting advertising will have the perverse effect of reducing the rate at which cigarette use is declining; notes that the total cost of smoking to society, including healthcare, social care, lost productivity, litter and fires, was conservatively estimated by Action on Smoking and Health to be around £14 billion per year; and calls on the Government to exclude e-cigarettes and other harm-reduction products from the Tobacco Products Directive.”
Where is this from?
This is an early day motion, tabled on the 4th of May this year, by Anne Main MP. To date there are several other MPs that are supporting her.
You can see here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/1441
And yes, you could say too little late, that train has departed… TPD has been passed, but – it doesn’t have to be and here’s why….
Early Day motions – what are they and do they work?
Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. Now, very few are actually debated, but EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.
EDMs are one of the few ways in which back-benchers can openly and affectively criticize what is happening in Parliament, and ensure that it is on the public record.
MPs can ensure the text of an EDM is printed in Hansard ( the written record of the HoP) by mentioning it, by number in questions to the Leader of the House of Commons after the Business Statement (normally on a Thursday when the house is in session).
So EDMs are a way that back bench MPs can flag issues up.
And Anne Main is using one to flag up the TPD.
Many MPs know nothing about the details of the inclusion of e-cigarettes and vaping products in the TPD; many didn’t have time, were not interested or simply followed the party line. In fairness to many, the details were kept from them. The government were hauled over the coals for keeping it all private. The TPD was not debated in the Houses of Parliament. Many simply do not know how it will affect e-cigarettes, as they do not understand how vaping works, and some equate vaping with smoking.
An early day motion then keeps the subject alive, informs more MPs about the TPD, and may even come before Parliament.
So why are we brining this to your attention when it is all to do with MPs?
For this to be effective, we need you to write to your MP and ask him/her to support this. The more signatures this has, the more prominent it becomes, and the higher the chances of it achieving a positive outcome for e-cigarettes.
EDMs are not expensive, (they cost the government about 300 GBP max,) they can be incredibly effective – Margaret Thatcher rose to power on the back of two EDMs, so please – write and ask for support!
How do I go about doing this?
Below is a link – simply click on it – put in your postcode – it will tell you who your MP is, and will give you contact details for them – e-mail them, ask them to sign, and let them know how vaping has been a positive force in your life
People power stopped medical regulations in the EU, perhaps people power can get the TPD front and central during this referendum.
Because as they say on the telly – (and no I’m not endorsing anyone or anything, merely borrowing a strap line) – every little helps…..