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What are the new vaping laws being introduced in the UK next month? When do they come into effect?

The laws to vaping will be changing within the next few weeks so there are a number of things you’ll need to know if you’re a vaper. The changes will come into place next month on Monday, May 20 as part of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 programme.

It’s worth getting to know these laws too because failure to comply could lead to up to 24 months in prison, or an unlimited fine.

Ahead of these law changes the Plymouth Herald spoke to the local Trading Standards who want to make sure that all local manufacturers and retailers are aware of the changes.

Those changes include:

  • - 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
  • - The packaging of E-liquids must be child-resistant and tamper evident
  • - Certain additives such as the stimulants caffeine and taurine or colourings are banned
  • - New labelling requirements

 

These changes to the law affect anyone who makes or sells e-cigarettes and e-liquids including those who sell via online stores or use social media to promote their products.

Trading Standards are eager to get the message out to people who brew e-liquids at home to sell online as these are the most difficult business to reach.

Trading Standards manager Alex Fry said


“We are finding that shops are aware of the changes to the law but small online retailers are not. With millions of buyers ready and waiting, there’s no better place for you to sell than eBay.

We have found online sellers selling e-liquids in 100ml bottles with a nicotine strength over 20mg/ml. After 20 May this will be illegal unless the e-liquid is registered as a medicine.”


 

Source: Manchester Evening News

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