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Does the changing European political landscape help electronic cigarettes?
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Does the changing European political landscape help electronic cigarettes?
Today's news that the European political landscape is changing dramatically has given some in the vaping community hope that there may be better times ahead. The UK has featured prominently in political headlines across the world with Nigel Farage and his UKIP colleagues trouncing all of the major UK political parties. We all know that Mr Farage is a strong supporter of the electronic cigarette industry, so will he remember the industry now that his influence and power in the European Parliament is increasing?

Banging the drum for electronic cigarettes

Love him or loathe him there is no doubt that Nigel Farage has the ability to grab headlines, to bring subjects to the attention of the wider public and now that he has more European Parliament seats than ever before, he has the ability to put his votes where his mouth is. Whether or not he is as supportive of the vaping industry in the weeks and months ahead as he has been in the recent past remains to be seen, but could this seachange in the political arena help the industry in other ways?

What is becoming clearer is that so-called "traditional" political parties across Europe are now running scared, the voting public have voiced their concerns and they will now need to listen. The very blatant and very amateurish attempts to ride roughshod over the European Parliament and introduce electronic cigarette regulations in an undemocratic manner have been the subject of numerous media articles. There was a growing arrogance across the European political spectrum that right wing parties such as UKIP would walk the walk but not talk the talk. However, they may now need to soften their undemocratic stance and perhaps listen to the general public a little more?

Is this a blip or a change of power?

If, as many experts believe, the ongoing change in the EU political landscape continues then this will lead to a softening of the overriding undemocratic policies of years gone by. Electronic cigarettes and the vaping community have perfectly illustrated this regulation by stealth and it will be interesting to see any changes in the short, medium and longer term.

Perhaps now is the time to get in touch with your local politician, to ask them about their opinions on electronic cigarettes and maybe voice your concern that their benefits are not being taken into account. Perhaps now more than any other time politicians will listen to their constituents, they may well be more responsive and they may well take heed. We can only but hope?
26-05-2014 03:37 PM
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