What are the changes to vaping coming in this weekend? And why it will impact on YOU
PUBLISHED: 19:02 18 May 2017
Seven fresh rules come into force on May 20 to help clear the air
The new vaping regulations
1. Limits on e-cigarette tanks - capacity 2ml and under
2 Maximum volume of refill container is 10ml
3 Nicotine limited to 20mg/ml and under
4 All vape products and packaging child-resistant and tamper evident
5 Things like colourings, caffeine and taurine along with others are banned
6 Vape products get new labels and warnings
7 All products approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency before they hit the shelves
Smokers of e-cigarettes are seeing a host of new rules and regulations come into force this weekend, introduced in a bid to tighten up the safety of increasing popular vaping.
A list of seven laws came into force this Saturday - among them restrictions on the size of liquid bottles, the size of tanks and a cap on the level of nicotine.
And while most retailers and health professionals are in agreement that the regulations are sensible steps, some say users may be put off using the devices as a result.
The electronic cigarettes have been one of the success stories in recent years, providing an alternative to cigarettes which has won the support of health authorities who believe they play a vital role in luring smokers off their expensive and dangerous habit.
Powered by battery, users burn a flavoured liquid and inhale water vapour laced with nicotine. While expected to be far safer than convention cigarettes, the impact on health of long-term use has not yet been able to be studied.
Now the government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has issued the new rules, including one that requires products to be cleared by them before being sold. Dan Marchant runs online retailer Vape Club. He said: “I don’t believe any retailer doesn’t welcome the standards which regard ingredients used, emissions testing and product safety.
“However restrictions on bottle sizes, tank capacity and e-liquid strength have caused a lot of unnecessary headaches.
“None of these measures provide any additional level of safety, efficacy or convenience - they are arbitrary rules, with no real world benefit, and simply make it less convenient for a smoker to make the switch.”
Sam Knights, supervisor at Mad Cow Vaping in Rainham, said he is trying to look at the positive side of all the rules, including the reduction in bottle size.
He told us: “The reduction in bottle size from 30ml to 10ml will give customers more variety.
“That said, a lot of people are finding it hard to transition to the smaller bottle.
“It is a positive spin, but you have to look at the positives when new laws are brought in giving us no alternatives. I am not so sure the laws were necessary, but now they are here, we have to live with them. I can see the idea behind them, trying to make it all safer.”
TJ’s Cigarettes has stores across Kent, but Ross Steel at Margate, revealed some producers have already found a loophole.
He told us: “The limit on tank sizes means they need refilling more often which is an inconvenience for no benefit.
“The bottle size is another inconvenience. The bigger bottles will now be sold with a nicotine shot sold separately. You can’t sell a bottle of liquid that contains nicotine that is more than 10ml.
“So, if you want a bigger bottle, it will have to be one with zero milligrams and add a nicotine shot to it. Companies are getting around this law. It is a loophole, but I don’t know if it is going to be closed.”
As for the rest of the rules, he said: “I totally agree with tamper-proofing bottles and restricting what goes into the liquids.”
A spokesman for Kent County Council, which looks after public health matters, said: “We support the use of e-cigarettes alongside other measures to give up smoking. Our commissioned service providers in Kent already support people who want to use e-cigarettes.”