French court rules e-cigarettes fall under tobacco regulations
AFPTOULOUSE, France--A French commercial court ruled on Monday that e-cigarettes qualify as tobacco products and should only be sold by registered tobacconists.
December 11, 2013, 12:30 am TWN
The ruling by the court in Toulouse is subject to appeal but could eventually see the distribution of e-cigarettes limited by a state-imposed monopoly on tobacco sales.
The decision comes amid a global boom in sales of e-cigarettes — battery-powered, vapor-releasing tubes that are promoted as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco products.
The case stems from a complaint made by a local tobacconist against the Esmokeclean e-cigarette shop in the southern town of Plaisance-du-Touch.