Austrian Government Overturns E cigarette Sales Ruling

Austrian Government Overturns E cigarette Sales Ruling

Friday 14th August, 2015 | Vaping News

E-cigarette retailers in Austria have sighed with relief after a constitutional court has overturned a plan to amend tobacco laws that would have resulted in the sale of most e cig related products only being for sale in officially licensed tobacco shops.

The Austrian government had proposed that the sale of e-cigarettes be restricted to the Alpine republic's licensed tobacconists from October 2015 in the hope it would protect young people and the public for health reasons.

Specialist Vaping St E-cigarette retailers in Austria's have today sighed with relief after a constitutional court has overturned a plan to amend tobacco laws that would have resulted in the sale of most e cig related products only being for sale in officially licensed tobacco shops.

The Austrian government had proposed that the sale of e-cigarettes be restricted to the Alpine republic's licensed tobacconists from October 2015 in the hope it would protect young people and the public for health reasons.

Specialist Vaping Stores (sellers of e-cigarettes) opposed the change as it meant they would’ve only been prohibited to sell the re-usable ecig devices but not the eliquid to fill them or disposable cigarettes.

The court ruled on Monday however, that the proposed amendment was unlawful, saying that the health arguments against e cigs and liquids were not concrete enough to warrant retailers' not being able to trade freely and that e-cigarettes should not be labelled the same tobacco products.

The Head of the e-cigarette association VFFED, Thomas Baburek, and owner of an e-cigarette shop said "We are relieved that we can carry on our business and don't have to shut up shop"

Austrian supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and petrol stations are also allowed to sell cigarette products, but they must retail at a higher price than in the official-licensed tobacconists.

The ruling has angered many Austrian tobacconists who claim that they should not be sold in ‘an uncontrolled manner’  "at any flea market" according to remarks reported by APA news. ores (sellers of e-cigarettes) opposed the change as it meant they would’ve only been prohibited to sell the re-usable ecig devices but not the eliquid to fill them or disposable cigarettes.

The court ruled on Monday however, that the proposed amendment was unlawful, saying that the health arguments against e cigs and liquids were not concrete enough to warrant retailers' not being able to trade freely and that e-cigarettes should not be labelled the same tobacco products.

The Head of the e-cigarette association VFFED, Thomas Baburek, and owner of an e-cigarette shop said "We are relieved that we can carry on our business and don't have to shut up shop"

Austrian supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and petrol stations are also allowed to sell cigarette products, but they must retail at a higher price than in the official-licensed tobacconists.

The ruling has angered many Austrian tobacconists who claim that they should not be sold in ‘an uncontrolled manner’  "at any flea market" according to remarks reported by APA news.

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