What are the Vaping Rules for the United Kingdom?
In the 10 years since e-cigarettes were first sold in the UK, they have gone through a number of changes. These changes haven’t just been in terms of the improvements made to the products, but also the rules governing how they are made and sold. Here we will take a look at the vaping laws in place in the UK and how they might affect you.
Where Is Vaping Banned In The UK?
Unlike in the US, where several states have moved to impose statewide vaping restrictions, there is currently no official regional legislation regarding the use of e-cigarettes. A bill to prohibit vaping in public spaces where children may be present in Wales came close to being passed last year, but ultimately didn’t win enough support. A public beach in Wales also hit the headlines back in March when it declared its space to be smoke-free. This declaration was extended to include e-cigarettes, although it is worth noting no legal sanction is in place for anyone vaping in this area.
The latter of these points highlights an important caveat to the current vaping legislation in the UK. Although the government has not presently banned vaping in any particular location, the decision to allow vaping in any space is at the behest of the property owner. Many airlines have already moved to ban vaping, and there are some private and public organisations who have followed suit. We therefore recommend that anyone wishing to vape in a common space to check with a relevant member of staff before starting to vape.
What Are The Product Restrictions?
The size and strength of e-juices are currently limited by the EUTPD. Any e-juice container must be no more than 10ml in capacity. Further to this, clearomizers and tanks cannot have a capacity of more than 2ml. The maximum nicotine strength of e-juice is currently set at 20%, having been lowered from 24%.
E-cigarette manufacturers now have to submit information on any product to the government for approval before it can be sold to the public. There is also a 6 month grace period before any submitted item can be sold.
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