Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Laws to Improve the Health of Vapers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Laws to Improve the Health of Vapers

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LAWS aimed at improving the health of vapers and smokers will take effect later this month.

From May 20 the Tobacco Products Directive will be in force which looks at both people who vape or smoke.

With supporters claiming they will boost the health of users those against them have claimed they will fail to comply with the changes. But what are the changes and is ignoring them an option? How are the laws changing? In the past the government and health bodies targeted smokers but they are now turning their attention to vapers.

The new rules will restrict the amount and strength of liquids as well as packaging and labelling. |All e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency before they can be sold; |Refillable tanks for e-cigarettes must be no bigger than 2ml capacity; |E-liquids cannot be sold in quantities greater than 10ml; |Unless registered as a medicine, the strength of nicotine in an e-liquid must not exceed 20mg/ml; |Packaging must be child resistant and tamper resistant.

What about labelling? People will get more details about what exactly they are smoking with clear labelling and a clearer definition of what's inside the vape liquid.

The law states that "toxicological data regarding the product's ingredients" and "their effects on the health of consumers when inhaled and taking into account, among other things, any addictive effect" is to be declared.

Who do these laws apply to? These changes apply to anyone who makes or sells e-cigarettes and e-liquids including those who sell online via social media, auction sites or from their own website. But users will also be affected by weaker solutions and smaller containers.

How have vapers reacted? Some have said they will stock up on the stronger and bigger products in the days left before they are banned.

Others claim parts of the industry will be forced underground. A few with specialist knowledge have even said they will make their own preparations.

One comment on social media suggests that vapers will simply buy online.

He said: "What difference does the size of a bottle make? …

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