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What You Really Need to Know About the UK's New E-Cig and Vaping Laws

Publish time: 2016-01-07 17:01:46     Views

Over the last couple of years, e-cigarettes and other 'vaping' devices have really entered the mainstream here in the UK, with a May 2015 ASH report putting the number of British e-cig users at more than 2.5 million adults.

But just as quickly as you've been able to buy a refill at your local corner shop, calls for greater regulation of e-cigs have increased. On 20 May 2016, new EU laws will see e-cigarettes classed as a tobacco-related product under the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive, with the move entailing a number of significant changes for e-cig users.

The key points, as outlined by the Indy, are:

Smaller refills: A new maximum refill container size of 10ml will be introduced. Currently, there are no limitations.
Weaker potency: The new maximum strength allowed will be 20mg, dropping from 24mg.
Smaller tanks/cartridges: Cartridge sizes will be capped at 2ml.
Child-proof measures: All e-cigs and related products must be deemed 'child-proof' by the powers that be.

Potential ban? Unlikely, but if three EU states decide they want to ban e-cigs altogether, the debate would be initiated.

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