New vaping laws to come into force this week

New vaping laws are to come into place. Picture Yui Mok/PA Wire

New vaping laws are to come into place. Picture Yui Mok/PA Wire - Credit: PA

New laws around vaping and e-cigarettes come into force this weekend.

Smokers of more traditional tobacco will face new legislation banning ten-packs of cigarettes, as well as a phasing out of certain brands and more graphic packaging.

All packaging will now be uniform in a drab green colour with brand names in a set font type and size.

Those who choose to vape and use e-cigarettes will also be affected with new legislation when the Tobacco Products Directive comes into force on Saturday.

The new rules state that:

• No cigarettes or tobacco can contain characterising flavours such as fruit or vanilla.

• All herbal based products for smoking must now carry a health warning.

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• E-liquid bottles must not be larger than 10ml.

• E-liquids in tanks, cartridges, capsules and single-use devices will have a 2ml maximum volume.

• E-liquid must not contain more than 20mg nicotine per millilitre.

• E-liquid refills must be child resistant and durable.

• E-cigarettes must now carry a health text warning.

From Saturday it will be an offence for retailers to supply any products which do not comply with the above. Norfolk Trading Standards is advising retailers to take all their old stock away from the retail areas of their premises before the new regulations come into force.

Norfolk County Council's director of public health, Dr Louise Smith said: 'It is important to understand the harm smoking causes on the population's health and to encourage young people not to take up the addictive habit.

'In the most deprived areas of Norfolk, smoking is still almost twice as prevalent as in the affluent areas, so there is still more work to be done and we hope that the introduction of standardised packaging will assist this.'

Vaping retailers have welcomed the regulations stating it will improve the quality of the products on the market.

But Dan Marchant of the Vape Club said the limitations on certain products in the new regulations will make it harder for traditional smokers to switch to vaping.

'None of these measures provide any additional level of safety, efficacy or convenience - they are arbitrary rules, with no real world benefit, and simply make it less convenient for a smoker to make the switch,' he said. 'So we are in a strange middle ground where product standards will hopefully encourage more smokers to try vaping instead, but limitations on the products available, particularly nicotine strength, may make it harder for those smokers to successfully make the switch.'

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