NEW VAPING LAWS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
In 2016 the TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) introduced new rules for nicotine containing cigarettes as well as refill containers. The TPD rules were introduced to ensure that minimum standards of safety and quality were adhered to in all e-cigarettes and refill containers.
Furthermore, they wished to make sure that information was provided to consumers, so they could make informed choices when purchasing e-liquid and that children are not coerced into using the same product.
The new rules are as follows:
- restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml
- restrict the maximum volume of nicotine-containing e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml
- restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml
- require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident
- ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine
- include new labelling requirements and warnings
- require all new e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to MHRA at least 6 months before they can be sold
Moreover, consumers and healthcare professionals can also report side effects and safety concerns about eliquid to the MHRA (medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency. through YELLOW CARD, a reporting system. This means that all sellers of e-liquids are now accountable.