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Several petitions were introduced by vapers against the proposed Article 18 of the Tobacco Products Directive to the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament. Two petitions thus far have been declared admissible.This includes a petition by Peter Gill a founding member of Vapers In Power.
After Art. 20 the former Art. 18, mentioned above, was passed by the European Parliament Peter Gill updated his petition to include the new legislation.
In accordance with the Rules on admissibility all the complaints in the petitions were sent to the European Commission, to give the Commission chance to resolve or dispute the alleged violations of the Commissions responsibilities.
It should be noted that the only complaint the Commission responded to was the complaints by Peter Gill on Art. 20 of the new legislation.
Considering that it was over a year ago since the complaints were sent to the Commission there is still the possibility for the other petitioners to bring a case before the European Ombudsman for the Commission's failure to respond to the complaints in a reasonable time.
Vapers In Power are presently engaged with prosecuting this petition (introduced by Peter Gill) against Art.20 of the Tobacco Products Directive, through the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament.
The Petition relies upon the "Right to life" provisions of the "European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms" and was declared admissible on 09/04/2015, The European Commission have been asked to start a preliminary investigation into various aspects of the problem and the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety have been asked for their opinion.