The New E-Cig Laws and You
If you vape you need to be aware of the new e-cigarette laws that come into effect this Saturday.
A Trading Standards officer explained these are the key changes consumers should be aware of:
• Refillable tanks on newly purchased e-gigs must have a capacity of no more than 2ml
• E-liquids can not be sold in quantities greater than 10ml
• Unless registered as a medicine e-liquids can not have a nicotine strength of more than 20mg/ml
• E-liquid packaging must be child-resistant and tamper evident
• Additives including colouring, caffeine and taurine are banned
• All e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency before they can be sold
• Stricter labelling requirements
High street and online sellers have been warned that if they don’t comply with the new requirements they could face imprisonment.
It comes after an undercover investigation found that almost nine in 10 of Britain’s vape shops are willing to sell e-cigarettes to non-smokers – against the industry code of conduct.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) investigated 100 of the 1,700 specialist vape shops in England, Scotland and Wales and said they found 87% are either knowingly or unwittingly prepared to sell e-cigarettes to people who have never smoked or vaped.
Just under half of the stores did not check whether the customers had smoked before, and three quarters of those that did still encouraged non-smokers to start vaping, the RSPH claimed.
Richard Hyslop, chief executive of the Independent British Vape Trade Association, said, “Vape products should not be marketed to non-smokers or those under the age of 18.
“However, figures produced by organisations such as the Office for National Statistics and Ash (Action on Smoking and Health) demonstrate that over 90% of vapers in the UK are adult current or former smokers, therefore we do not believe this to be a significant problem.”
E-cigarettes could be just as bad for your heart as regular ciggies, new evidence suggested in February. Tests showed regularly vaping puts people at risk of cardiovascular disease, although is less toxic than regular cigarettes.