Euro MPs have rejected calls to class electronic cigarettes as medicine. It means that they can continue to be sold over the counter.
The UK, however, has already said e-cigarettes will be licensed as medicine there from 2016.
Tobacco free, they have proved hugely popular across Europe following bans on smoking in public places.
The European Commission had proposed some of the world’s toughest anti-tobacco laws to deter the
young from smoking. But the European Parliament has watered down these plans, rejecting an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes and graphic health warnings covering 75 percent of packets, deciding that only 65 percent should be covered.