Electric Tobacconist: The Tobacco Products Directive — Our Opinion
While all of the UK’s e-cigarette retailers should be ready for the Tobacco Products Directive by now (it will be implemented on 20th May), some consumers are still unaware of the changes that are about to affect the vape industry across Europe. Fortunately, Electric Tobacconist has all the information you need to know. We’ll summarise what changes are being made via the TPD legislation, how it will affect vapers, vape culture and the cost of vaping. Finally, we’ll discuss what this legislation means for the future of the vape industry — and how other countries could benefit from the example set here in the UK.
A Breakdown of the Tobacco Products Directive
Photo Courtesy of ECigIntelligenceThe TPD has been in place since May 2016. Fortunately, here in the UK, retailers have had until 19th May 2017 to implement the necessary changes. The major changes that will affect you as a consumer are as follows:
- E-Liquid bottles will be limited to a maximum of 10ml (NOT including nicotine-free liquids).
- E-Liquid tank capacity has been capped at 2ml (for disposables, cartomizers and clearomizers).
- New packaging will warn consumers of the addictive nature of nicotine.
- The production of vape liquid cannot include any harmful substances.
- E-Liquids will be limited to 20mg of nicotine as a maximum.
- E-cigarettes must be resistant to breakage and leakage, and must be easy to refill without spilling any liquid.
- All products must undergo systematic compliance testing, overseen by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which maintains the power to remove harmful/dangerous products from service.