March 2, 2023
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) are less aware of key issues surrounding new nicotine products than in previous years, despite being asked to vote on important new legislation concerning the topic in the coming months, according to a new survey.
The third annual survey, conducted by business intelligence researcher Tamarind Intelligence, shows that the more MEPs know about new nicotine products (e-cigarettes, nicotine pouches and heated tobacco), the more likely they are to consider that these products are less harmful than cigarettes.
Among its key findings, the report shows that:
“Our third annual MEP Survey results are particularly relevant given the recent launch of the European Commission’s public consultation on evaluating the legislative framework for tobacco control at the end of February 2023, and the adoption by the European Parliament of the BECA committee’s recommendations over a year ago,” Tim Phillips, managing director of Tamarind Intelligence, commented.
“As some of the questions in the Commission’s consultation are similar to the ones we asked in our MEP Survey, it will be fascinating to see if MEPs views on the topic of new nicotine products will be in line with responses to the public consultation.”
The survey was sent to all MEPs (from all member states and political parties) and responses were obtained from 43 MEPs representing 6 per cent of the European Parliament.