When the new vaping laws in the United Kingdom were initially proposed in 2017, many vapers believed that it was going to be the end of the vaping industry. As with any new changes, it’s often easy to fall into the trap of thinking the worst.
Vapers in the United Kingdom are lucky enough to be supported by a government that appears to at least proactively support e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking. Many governments around the world have gone in the opposite direction, banning e-liquid that contains nicotine, banning vaping, banning flavored e-liquid, and much more.
However, despite the new regulations about vaping, it’s still going as strong in the UK as it was two years ago. While many of the new laws were considered more of an inconvenience to vapers than anything, the e-cigarette industry quickly adapted to follow the new regulations.
- So, to recap what were the significant vaping laws that were introduced in 2017:
- Any refillable tanks on e-cigarettes or vaporizers must have a capacity no higher than 2ml.
- All e-liquids that contain nicotine must be sold in 10ml bottles.
- Unless they been registered as medicinal products, e-liquids must contain no more than 20mg/ml of nicotine.
- E-liquid packaging and containers must be child-proof and also tamper-evident.
- Any additives such as caffeine, taurine, or coloring are banned.
- Strict labeling requirements that include relevant warnings about nicotine.
- All vaping related products must be submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency before they can be sold to the public.
As with most things, vapers adapted and incorporated the new vape laws. Manufacturers have come up with creative ways to comply with the new regulations, with most of them such as labeling and packaging already being self-regulated by the industry.