New vaping rules UK


The laws around smokers and e-cigarettes users changed on May 20, under the European Union's Tobacco and Regulated Products Regulations 2016 (Article 20 of the TPD to be exact). Many vapers may have thought that a vote for Brexit would have provided the opportunity to modify or repeal the TPD e-cig legislation. And it’s a fair view to hold, as the British government now acknowledges that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer as an alternative to smoking. Further to that they have a fairly liberal view of e-cigs, and perhaps without EU governance Westminster will U-turn on the TPD. However, we are still part of the EU and disengaging from it will take years, therefore the new e-cigarette rules still apply to vapers in the UK.  

So, what's changed?

Smaller Eliquid Bottles

Yes, that's right. No more 30 or 20m e-liquid bottles (which often gave us a chance to save money!) - as of next year (EU generously gave us  a one-year transitional period for the sale of old stock), you will only be able to buy a 10ml size. The reason behind it is to reduce the risk of accidental poisoning. Which is a little silly, considering the vast availability to buy a 2 litre bottle bleach from any supermarket!

Weaker Nicotine Strengths 

There will be no more than 20 mg/ml of nicotine available. Apparently again due to poisoning concerns which have been proven to be totally false. No need to say that most long-time smokers start with 24mg ejuice to help with the switch?

Smaller Tanks

Say goodbye to most of your precious tanks, such as iSub, Smok, Aspire and many more. We cannot see any rational explanation to this restriction, can you?

All Vaping Devices Must Deliver Nicotine At Consistent Level

Where do we even start with this one? No current device can provide a consistant dose as you can draw for as little or as long or as hard as you want. Not even tobacco cigarettes have to comply to this unworkable requirement. Also, no variable voltage or variable wattage devices will be sold.

E-cigs and refill containers must have a mechanism to ensure leak free refilling.

Again how this is interpreted will determine how damaging it will be. No current system can ensure leak free refilling as this is largely down to the user. Although why this should be an issue is unknown, any e-cig user is used to a little bit of leaking and learns how to deal with it.

No Advertising For Any Type Of Vaping Promotion

For example, you won’t see ads for vapes on TV, in magazines, on the radio or on the internet. Under the new laws, e-cigarette companies won’t be able to claim that vaping is beneficial to peoples’ health. By making the market less competitive and reducing the appeal of products, the TPD is certain to discourage smokers from switching and will likely push some vapers back to smoking.

A Likely Massive Reduction In Flavours And E-liquids

Manufacturers will now have to tell the Government about the ingredients in each e-liquid, provide evidence that these ingredients meet reasonable standards of safety, and guarantee that the whole production process is safe.Because of this, there is a chance vape companies might choose to just stick with their most popular flavours rather than providing as wide a range as they do now.

Possible Tax On E-Cigs

EU officials insist that raising vaping duties to the same level as for tobacco would “make no sense in terms of health policy”. However, finance officials have played down the likelihood of introducing a new taxsaying it would be too difficult to enforce. 

Packaging With Health Warnings

Similar to cigarettes, ecigs packaging will also require health warnings. Around 30% of the packet should be plastered with advice, stating: “This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.” Another proof of EU's ignorance - vaping is not smoking!