With the UK finalising the details of leaving the EU, many industries are facing an uncertain time as they try to predict how the move will impact their business. The vaping industry is one area where changes will be made once we leave the European Union, here’s why.
The UK vaping industry is regulated by the Tobacco & Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR). This is the UK’s implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which was first published by the EU in 2014. As a member of the EU, the UK was obliged to ensure these national regulations came into force.
This legislation covers a wide range of restrictions for the vaping industry including, e-liquid bottle size, tank, size, nicotine strength and advertising laws. Many experts have criticised these restrictions and have called for the UK government to review them once we leave the EU.
The UK government has already stated their intent to review the TRPR as part of the Tobacco Control Plan in 2017. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, stated in an article; “We have already committed to looking closely at the legislation on tobacco control, including on e-cigarettes, to make sure we take opportunities to improve outcomes and protect health.”
The UK currently has a thriving vaping industry with consumers able to access a wide range of products, coming second only to the United States as the largest market for vape products in the world.
Whether the UK will review the current vaping regulations remains to be seen, however, with more experts calling for the restrictions to be relaxed it seems the government will need to start listening.