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Electronic Cigarettes

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s proposal for a worldwide ban on advertising, promoting and sponsoring e-cigarettes on the Government’s tobacco control plan; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on his Department's participation in the 8th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in October 2018.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's priorities are for the Eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to be held in October 2018.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is not proposing a worldwide ban on advertising, promoting and sponsoring of e-cigarettes. The Government supports proportionate regulation of e-cigarettes to ensure non-smokers and children are protected from accessing these products, and has implemented the European Union Tobacco Products Directive which ensures such proportionate regulation.

A search of the Department’s Ministerial correspondence database has identified two items of correspondence received in the last six months about his Department's participation in the 8th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the WHO FCTC in October 2018. This figure represents correspondence received by the Department’s Ministerial correspondence unit only. The Department has also answered five Parliamentary Questions related to CoP in the last six months.

As a global leader on tobacco control, the Department will engage constructively at the CoP, working closely with fellow members of the European Union and with other partners to continue to support measures proposed to reduce global harms from tobacco and ensure WHO FCTC Secretariat work proposals offer value for money.

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