Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has set up a new All Party Parliamentary Group on e-cigarettes to examine and scrutinise this rapidly growing industry exploring the benefits the devices could have for people looking to quit smoking.
There are an estimated 2.1m e-cigarette users, or vapers, in the UK and the number is rapidly rising. The group will also examine new legislation coming forward, both European and domestic, that affects the use of the devices.
Mark said: “I first became interested in e-cigarettes after visiting a local business selling the devices last year and since that time have become more convinced of their effectiveness as cessation devices to help people quit smoking tobacco.
“The e-cigarette industry is rapidly growing and I believe it is a sector which demands further scrutiny and investigation from MPs and have set up a new APPG on the devices which exactly this in mind.
“I believe that stricter regulation is required to ensure that all e-cigarette devices, products and liquids are safe but I do not support regulating the industry out of existence. In the last year many of my constituents have contacted me to say that without e-cigarettes they would not have been able to give up smoking so I think more work must be done in order to establish what role they can play in helping more people quit using tobacco.”