New UK and EU laws on Vaping

  • By Viktor Larsen

New EU wide laws come in effect in May 2016

E-Cigarettes and all other vaping devices will be subject to the new laws.

To some they are the perfect way to stop smoking, whilst to others, they are a public health risk and encourage nicotine addiction.

In the UK, the new laws mean there will be tighter rules on what products you can buy but in other countries the laws will actually be loosened.

For example, they are currently banned in Belgium but from May will be permitted again.

For the UK

Refill containers will have to be no 10ml or smaller, while cartridges will have a maximum size of 2ml.

The strongest permissible nicotine strength will be set at 20mg (similar to a strong cigarette).

If three or more EU countries decide e-cigarettes are harmful, they could potentially be banned outright.

Some new laws have already been passed in the UK, such as a ban on selling e-cigarettes or e-liquids to anyone under the age of 18 which came into force in October last year.

Transport for London already bans the use of such devices across all of London’s transport system and the vast majority of businesses do not allow them to be used on their premises.


 

V.Larsen@theinternational.org.uk