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Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals for the establishment of a body with responsibility for the regulation of all nicotine products; and if he will make a statement. (219749)

Although the establishment of a body to regulate nicotine products has not been proposed in the Department’s current “Consultation on the future of tobacco control”, stakeholders are invited to respond to the consultation with suggestions on any aspect of tobacco control. This consultation document was published on 31 May 2008 and copies of this document have already been placed in the Library. The consultation will close on 8 September 2008.

The Government welcome responses from all interested stakeholders and will make decisions on future action on tobacco control with reference to the consultation responses. Consideration of whether to establish a regulatory body for nicotine products will not take place before the “Consultation on the future of tobacco control” has ended.