The TPD Regulations have been met with conflict especially since the rise of e-cigarettes and the popularity of vaping is much to do with the impact they have on helping smokers quit. According to BBC News, the number of people who have successfully quit smoking has drastically increased since e-cigarettes came onto the market.
However, with plenty of scientific studies yet to be conducted, there continues to be an argument between those who consider e-cigarettes to be healthy and those who don’t. As such, new regulations have been put in place by the government, that’s set to reduce the access vapers have to certain e-cigarette products.
If you’re a vaper, here’s everything you need to know about the latest regulation, known as TPD, and how it could affect your efforts to quit smoking.
What exactly is the TPD?
The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD to you and I), was introduced by the European Union a couple of years ago back in 2014, as a way of managing the production and sales of tobacco products throughout its member countries.
Since e-cigarettes have been introduced to the market, the EU has had to make some changes to the TPD, to accommodate these new devices. Government officials have stated that changes to the TPD have been introduced as a way to keep society as safe and as healthy as possible.
Last year, on 20th May, changes to the TPD began to impact e-cigarettes and the vaping community with the UK enforcing their own, stricter version of it from early 2017.
Limited nicotine levels
Nicotine levels found in e-cigarettes are now restricted to a maximum of 20ml, which could potentially impact the effect that e-cigarettes have on smokers’ efforts to ditch the habit.
E-cigarettes with nicotine are recommended by many as a fantastic stepping stone for heavy smokers to begin their journey to quitting smoking for good. Without the availability of a tool that can provide similar levels of nicotine that their smoking once did, quitters may find themselves faced with the challenge of overcoming their addiction.
On the other hand, an e-cigarette containing 20ml of nicotine is rare and as such, this change to the legislation won’t affect a lot of the vaping community. Not only that, but some of those who do use an e-liquid with over 20ml of nicotine may still be able to continue consuming the same amount of nicotine from e-cigarettes, so long as it meets certain medical standards.
For those who use e-liquids with no nicotine levels at all, you can feel free to continue using your e-cigarette the same as your normally would do.
Don’t worry about your favourite flavours
The most recent announcement concerning changes to the TPD stated that flavourings within certain tobacco products will eventually be eradicated from the market. This includes menthol cigarettes, which will be banned as of 2020.
On the other hand, the new legislation will not be making changes to the availability of flavoured e-liquids. So, you can feel rest assured knowing that you will still be able to stock up on your favourite flavours, be it strawberry cheesecake or even margarita!
Safety standards will be increased
There’s currently a lot of concern about how accessible e-cigarettes and their liquids are for young children to consume. Therefore, it has been made a priority within the latest TPD regulations, for e-cigarettes to have a much safer design.
This means that only the use of e-cigarettes with a standard mechanism, that allows the vaper to refill without any chance of spilling, will be permitted.
Restrictions to limit e-cigarette promotion towards non-smokers
The TPD will look to increase the number of health warnings on the packaging for e-cigarettes, as well as restricting cross-border sales as a way to deter non-smokers and children from vaping. This addition to the TPD is simply a way of protecting those who do not require the use of e-cigarettes and so shouldn’t affect vapers directly.
When will the changes come about?
Although the latest TPD announcement came about in May last year, it’s been said that products that don’t comply with the new update to the new regulations can be sold up until 20th May 2017. Not only that, but these types of e-cigarette products that have already been bought will be allowed to be used, even after 20th May of this year.
Not convinced about the TPD regulations?
While health and government officials support the new TPD regulations, for the sake of the public’s health, there is still a large proportion of society – mostly consisting of vapers and smokers looking to quit – who don’t agree with the changes put forward.
Many are concerned that the update could limit their access to e-cigarette products, which could set them on a downhill path that could lead to them smoking once again – especially those who use e-liquids with high levels of nicotine.
TPD Regulations Petition
As such, there are petitions being signed as a way of encouraging the government to take back TPD regulations and to allow vapers to continue using e-cigarettes in the same way as they currently do. If you are a vaper who strongly disagrees with the changes that will go ahead this year, feel free to sign the petition to repeal TPD regulations.
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