Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vaping Laws Are Changing This Month - Here's What New Rules Will Mean; the Tobacco Products Directive - Which Comes into Force on May 20 - Will Limit the Strength and Size of E-Cigs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vaping Laws Are Changing This Month - Here's What New Rules Will Mean; the Tobacco Products Directive - Which Comes into Force on May 20 - Will Limit the Strength and Size of E-Cigs

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VAPERS will not escape a raft of new tobacco laws coming into force later this month.

Traditional smokers will be faced with fresh legislation which will ban packs of 10 cigarettes, begin a phasing out of menthol brands and see even more graphic packaging.

Fans of e-cigs may think they won't be affected. But think again - because vapers WILL be hit by a different part of the Tobacco Products Directive which comes into force on May 20.

Here is all you need to know about what the new laws say.

WILL VAPING BE BANNED? Vaping will not be banned but some accuse the Government of doing all they can to discourage the habit without banning it outright.

That means hitting people where it hurts with new restrictions on the strength of liquids and limiting the size of tanks.

The new laws have been described as draconian and have been accused of hitting people trying to wean themselves off cigarettes.

WHAT ARE THE NEW LAWS THEN? There are seven requirements: 1. Restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml.

2. Restrict the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml.

3. Restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml.

4. Require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident.

5. Ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine.

6. Include new labelling requirements and warnings.

7. Require e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to health regulators before they can be sold.

WHAT WILL BE THE EFFECT OF ALL THIS ON VAPERS? Weaker strength and smaller tanks are just the start of it.

Manufacturers are concerned about the need to tell the regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, about new products coming on to the market.

They see it as an erosion of the freedom vapers have had until now.

They point out that a lot of what is now law is already carried out on a voluntary basis by reputable dealers and manufacturers.

It is argued that the cost of complying with the new laws will be passed on to vapers. …

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