Are E-Cigarettes regulated as Medical Devices ?

Electronic cigarettes work by heating up a liquid until vaporization is reached. This is essentially another way of putting nicotine into your body. How are electronic cigarettes being regulated under the EU Law ? Are these to be considered as tobacco products or something else ?

Are there medical claims? Compliance with Medical Devices legislation needed !

Nicotine containing products are regulated by the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU and the Medicinal Products Directive 2001/83/EC. However, electronic cigarettes stating medical claims (such as products used for smoking cessation programs) are required to comply with the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/ECC as well.

CE Marking needed even for single components of e-cigarettes

Single components pertaining to e-cigarettes that are marketed separately from liquids and are reusable (such as batteries, containers, heating elements, etc.)  will also have to follow the legislation on medical devices whenever they are linked to smoking cessation claims. Accordingly, for these parts of the e-cigarettes, it will be necessary to comply with the Medical Devices Directive and CE marking process.

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