• May 28, 2024

WVA Says Hungary Proposed Vape Rules Excessive

 WVA Says Hungary Proposed Vape Rules Excessive

The World Vapers’ Alliance (WVA), a global vaping consumer advocacy group, has great concern for the Hungarian Government’s draft decree which aims to amend the current regulation of nicotine pouches and vaping. 

The proposed regulations, if enacted, would introduce restrictions that may hinder access to safer alternatives for smokers and harm reduction options, according to an emailed press release.

Michael Landl, director of the World Vapers’ Alliance, said, “While it’s important to ensure the safety and proper labelling of nicotine products, it’s equally crucial to avoid excessive regulation that could impede the availability of harm reduction products for smokers looking to transition away from combustible cigarettes.” 

The proposed amendments, with a maximum nicotine content of 17mg per consumption unit reflect an approach that may inadvertently limit the appeal of nicotine pouches to smokers seeking alternatives.

“Moreover, the WVA expresses concerns about the potential implications of the draft Decree’s proposed modifications to vaping product regulations,” the release states. “The amendments, which target unit packet definitions, nicotine amounts, and labelling requirements, could impose unwarranted restrictions on vaping products. While addressing health concerns is important, the proposed changes should be carefully evaluated to ensure they do not deter smokers from adopting less harmful alternatives.”

Whilst health and safety standards are crucial, regulations should be crafted with a balanced approach that considers both consumer health and the potential of these products to save lives, according to Landl. 

“We encourage the Hungarian Government to start accepting reality: harm reduction works! This year, Sweden is becoming the first smoke-free country due to a consumer-friendly harm reduction approach,” he said. “It is high time to learn from the Swedish experience and thereby save thousands of Hungarian lives. With a smart harm reduction approach, Hungary can become smoke-free.”

The standstill period for review and objection by the European Commission and Member States ends on 8th November 2023, after which the Hungarian Government may enact the proposed regulations. The WVA remains committed to advocating for evidence-based policies prioritizing public health and consumer choice.