For the first time in history, UK smokers who trying to kick the habit can legally obtain a medical prescription for e-Voke e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device. To put this another way, e-cigs and eliquids can now be prescribed as “medicine” in certain situations. But with this new distinction, it also means that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) must now be involved to a larger extent. What does this mean to the average vaping Brit? Here are some of the changes effective January 1, 2016.
New Regulations and Requirements
- Childproof packaging: It is estimated that a whopping 2.6 million Brits now use e-cigs or vaping devices. And with the recent passing of new vaping-as-medicine legislation, this number is only expected to soar in the new 12-months. Understandably, the MHRA is concerned about its youth. So as of January 1, 2016, all e-juices, e-liquids, and technological devices must have childproof packaging.
- Smaller refills: Before this new legislation, there was no limit to how much a bottle of e-juice could hold. Now, all refill containers cannot exceed 10ml. This could be a potential financial blow to the average vaper. Since e-juice manufacturers can no longer offer bulk-priced refills, prices may potentially increase over the long term.
- Limited potency: The new maximum potency of nicotine in UK e-juices is 24mg. With the new legislation, this will drop to 20mg.
- Smaller tanks: Tank sizes will also be reduced. The new maximum is 2ml.
While most typical vapers can live with these new changes without much difficulty, the British Vaping Community may secretly be under attack. With more government involvement and oversight, the potential for a future and total ban on UK vaping is essentially escalating astronomically. Now that the door has been opened to allowed the government to monitor the packaging, the e-juice strengths, and the tank sizes, what’s coming next? Already, manufacturers of vaping supplies must now submit detailed and transparent data to the MHRA on every product sold to the British public.
If Parliament decides that too much balderdash is occurring in the vaping industry, they might simply give up on the whole idea of “medical vaping.” It only takes three members of the EU to initiate the process of an official UK Vape Ban. So while this new e-cig legislation appears on the onset to be a “win” of acceptance for the vaping industry as a whole, it may be a legislative Trojan Horse, secreting hiding some very militant anti-vaping regulations yet to come.