Implementation of TPD compliant vaping laws in the UK

Implementation of TPD compliant vaping laws in the UKThe European TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) is currently being implemented by the members of the EU. Despite the Brexit, the TPD will come into force in the UK on May 20, 2017.
The law has been voted by the British Parliament in May 2016 and only a national reconsideration could weigh on the implementation of this new vaping law.
This new law will bring a certain number of constraints for British vapers but will also be a way to better regulate the vaping market and will guarantee a better product control.

Here below some aspects of the new vaping laws (non-comprehensive list):

  • Market launch:
    • All products (electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, etc.) must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Packaging:
    • Refill containers must be under 10ml
    • E-cigarette tanks must be under 2ml
    • Child-resistant and tamper proof
    • New labelling requirements and warnings
  • Product composition:
    • Nicotine content must be under 20mg
    • No stimulant additives such as taurine, caffeine or others
    • No smoke-coloring additive
E-liquids that do not contain nicotine are not concerned by the legislation. Traditional cigarette smokers will also witness changes: packs of 10 cigarettes will be banned, menthol brands will be phased out and packagings will become increasingly graphic.
Jean-Pascal

Jean-Pascal is BlogVape’s resident scientist. As former medical journalist, he was able to quit smoking with e-cigarettes and hopes to inspire others to do the same.