Although new stringent laws relating to tobacco are shortly to come into effect, these include a ban on packs of 10 cigarettes, the phasing out of menthol brands, plus plain and even more graphic packaging of the cigarettes. The millions that have turned to vaping, considered by many experts to be far safer than smoking tobacco, firmly believed that they would be exempt from the draconian laws affecting tobacco, but if so then they are in for a disappointment!
The Tobacco Products Directive comes into force on May 20th which has raised questions and concerns with vapers, and in the industry. Firstly vaping will not be banned, but some accuse the Government of doing all they can to discourage the use of the products without banning it outright. This all seems rather draconian when vaping is a recognised method of weaning people away from tobacco products.
In total there are seven new requirements which are:
- Restricting e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml.
- Restricting the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml.
- Restricting e-liquids to nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml.
- Requiring nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident.
- Banning certain ingredients that include colourings, caffeine and taurine.
- Labelling to require warnings for e-cigarettes and e-liquids
- E-cigarettes and e-liquids must be notified to heath regulators before they can be sold.
Clearly the new regulations are seen as an erosion of the freedom vapers have had until now.
From the manufacturers of the products and the liquids, they view it as a concern that they will be required to tell the regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, about new products coming onto the market. They point out that a lot of what is now law is already carried out on a voluntary basis by reputable dealers and manufacturers, of more concern is the fact that the cost of complying with the new laws will be passed on to vapers.
Manufacturers have been aware of the new regulations for a year now, but vapers, in general, are completely unaware, some vapers will not understand why their vapes are weaker and smaller on May 20. The suggestion is that it would be wise to stock now before their vapes are taken off the market.