On the 20 May 2017 the Tobacco Products Directive will come into force in the United Kingdom. This will have significant and lasting effects on Vaping as we currently know and love it.
Unfortunately even after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union the new regulations will still come into force by virtue of the directive having become legislation on 20 May 2016. See the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.
The changes in the law will have adverse effects on the industry. Discouraging new investment and making vaping more of an inconvenience. Given the strain on the NHS and numerous medical studies promoting the use of vapes as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes or tobacco (see report from the Royal College of Physicians) these steps seem illogical.
Below is some key information with regard to the changes;
Key Changes from 20 May 2017;
- Maximum e-liquid bottle size of 10ml.
- Nicotine levels cannot exceed 20mg per 10ml of e-liquid.
- Stricter testing on new e-liquids and devices subject to MHRA approval and a testing period of six months. This will discourage new and existing companies from investing in the industry as a whole.
- Tanks limited to 2ml in capacity and must be leak proof.
- Advertising of all vape related products is prohibited.