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Smaller Vapes and Weaker e-Liquids: What Every Vaper Needs to Know About Britain’s New e-Cigarette Laws

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New British legislation aimed at controlling vaping devices, e-liquid size, and potency went into effect this week. The new regulatory laws were introduced last year following a European Union (EU) directive. All electronic cigarette manufacturers, importers, and vendors have been given 12 months to incorporate the changes.
Vaping has become very popular and so has the number of vapers across the world. The vaping industry’s growth has led to the introduction of several unique vaping devices and e-liquid flavors. Concerns over this growth are what may have led British authorities to enforce the new laws restricting vaping products.
The new legislation seeks to deter more people from becoming vapers by placing e-cigarettes and e-liquids products under the jurisdiction of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.  The Tobacco Products Directive is reputed for pushing for tobacco cigarettes to be sold in branded packs.
British officials say the new laws were inspired by a steady rise in homemade e-liquids which could be harmful to users.
However, some argue that the new legislation could cause many vapers to start patronizing the black-market or buy their vaping products online from other countries like France and the U.S. where these rules are non-existent. Others critics say the laws may also push thousands of people using vapes to go back to smoking packs of tobacco cigarette daily.

So What Exactly Are the Laws?

Reduced Tanks and Refill Containers 
Under the new legislation, vapers in the UK are only allowed to buy e-cigarette devices with tanks having a maximum size of 2ml. This is way smaller than the size of the average tank on the market and means e-cig users may have to refill often. For vapers who enjoy mixing different blends, the law translates into more spending. Meanwhile, the limit for e-liquid purchase in refill containers has been set at 10ml.
Under the new legislation, vapers in the UK are only allowed to buy e-cigarette devices with tanks having a maximum size of 2ml. This is way smaller than the size of the average tank on the market and means e-cig users may have to refill often. For vapers who enjoy mixing different blends, the law translates into more spending. Meanwhile, the limit for e-liquid purchase in refill containers has been set at 10ml.
Richard Hyslop, the chief executive of the Independent British Vape Trade Association, which represents more than 1000 vaping shops in the UK, says the laws may lead users to buy bigger tanks illegitimately. He added that some vapers could resort to buying e-liquids in bulk online and diluting it.
“If you are continuing to have to refill, it’s annoying that you now have to carry more stuff with you. From a public health point of view, vaping succeeds or fails on the number of smokers who switch to it.” Hyslop said. “Those customers who need a high strength product will either look to make it themselves, go back to smoking, or seek out the informal [black market] economy which is not tested.”
“There’s already an informal economy in cloned devices and poor-quality stuff. Now people wanting to buy devices with bigger tanks or liquid in a bottle that’s larger than 10ml won’t be able to buy it legitimately in the UK, but will be able to go to gray or informal areas and buy it,”  Hyslop stressed.
Weaker e-Liquid Potency 
The potency of e-liquids has also been affected by the new laws. Using e-liquids with more than 20mg of nicotine per ml is now prohibited. And every e-liquid must be approved by health officials before hitting the market. Manufacturers are now required to disclose their all their e-liquid ingredients, and this may cause a decline in the number of flavors hitting the shelves.
Protect Kids from Vaping 
There are worries that the popularity of vaping among school children may have detrimental effects. Under the new regulations, all vaping devices and their packages must be “child proof.”
Vapers and vendors have complained that the new laws are unfair and could deal a severe blow the e-cigarette industry. Nonetheless, UK authorities say any retailer or vaper found flouting the new e-cigarette legislation could face a two-year prison sentence or a huge fine.

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