E Cigarettes And The Law

Vapinghas become an international phenomenon, but what does the law have to say aboutit?

As such a young technology, E cigaretteshave skyrocketed in popularity, whilst the technical innovations that comealongside them have grown faster than international laws could keep up. Thishas led to vaping laws only catching up recently. As early as May this year,the Tobacco Products Directive set out a new set of laws with which to betterregulate vaping. Although this was set up to better control the amount of vapedevices and vape liquid being sold and how it isregulated through tax and material restrictions, this may still have an effecton the way that people approach vaping.

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May of this year saw a whole range of lawsbe introduced to the UK which worked in tandem with the new laws on tobaccoregulation. As another nicotine product, vaping was also affected. Below youcan find some of the laws which were introduced.

10ml max refill containers

The new laws on refill containers mean thatyou can only buy them in 10 ml bottles, down from significantly larger sizes inthe past. This has led to an increase in the amount of waste produced by theextra plastic bottles and packaging and will cost more money for companiesmanufacturing these bottles. This then, is becoming an extra strain on thevaping community and is definitely becoming both wasteful and economicallyunviable as the years move on.

Tankcapacity cap at 2ml

Many sub ohm tanks reach above 2ml meaningthat many products have been taken off the market or had to be modified. Thislaw now means that you will also be refilling your tanks far more often, addinga new strain on vapers. The good thing however, is that if you opt forunregulated devices, you can begin to make your own tanks, meaning that thedevices you make will have their own tank capacities. It is regulations likethis which have led to an increase in the mod community, the DIY ethos lendingitself to a host of social activities such as games and competitions.

Nicotinestrengths of 20 mg

The problem with the cap on nicotineamounts in vape liquidsis thatthose using vaping as a smoking cessation tool who are coming from a heavysmoking habit may end up finding their needs not met with the new cap. From theTPD’s standpoint, it is to stop people becoming even more addicted to nicotine,but from the point of view of the vaper this means a loss of that extranicotine scratch. The new cap of 20 mg will stop the common 24 mg juices frombeing on the market. However, this again is a great opportunity for the DIYvaping community who have found new ways of mixing their own juices so as to upthe nicotine content. The problem is that soon this market will be hit by thebans. This market used to be known for its72 mg nicotine strength.

Qualitycontrol

New quality control laws have been put inplace in regards to packaging requirements, customer notifications and datareporting. The good thing is that this element has been welcomed by theindustry due to the fact that it will help to make sure that products are safeand reliable rather than letting sub-par juices onto the market. This will alsolet the vape industry stay on top when it comes to being medically andscientifically recommended as a great alternative to smoking tobacco.

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