EU plans tougher tobacco restrictions on e-cigarettes
8 October 2013 Last updated at 05:28 BST
Electronic cigarettes would become a medicinal product under new measures from the EU Commission which are being considered by MEPs.
The devices are designed to replicate smoking behaviour without the use of tobacco.
The EU Commission proposal also includes a ban on menthol cigarettes, along with other flavoured tobacco.
Christian Fraser reports from Paris.