So I mentioned this in another of my blog posts, but I felt it was important to revisit the Citizen's Initiative to overturn Article 18 in the EU parliament. At the moment it certainly seems the best way to combat what's happening in regards to E-Cigarettes and vaping within the EU. You can read my previous post on what Article 18 and how it will affect you here.
When I first came across it, it seemed like a lifeline to us vapers and I was quick to promote it, trying to get as many people as possible to sign and share it. The amount of signatures needed seems like an enormous amount but with the sheer number of vapers in Europe it could be reached without a problem. I came across this site today and I'm disappointed to see that we're not even a quarter of the way there yet. You can see here the amount of signatures obtained from each member state of the EU, and how close that is to the threshold. We need at least 7 states to reach their threshold in order for the initiative to be affective. At the moment Finland is the furthest along with 44% reached, and the UK is 2nd with almost 25% reached. But the other countries are much further behind and it looks like we are still very far from the total.
This is a depressing statistic but there is still hope. It's up to all of us to share this initiative and make everybody we know aware. Social media is our biggest ally and the key to making sure all vapers in the EU have signed this. Share this link and please get the word to out as widely as you can so that we can save our ecigs.