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Vaping Legislation & the General Election

Vaping Legislation & the General Election

Have the recent developments regarding the prospective law to regulate vaping thrown our industry's future into uncertainty? Or could this be a ray of hope that the incoming government will listen to consumers and adjust the policy to suit everyone? 

 

When Rishi Sunak announced this bill that set it sights on a smoke-free generation, he hinted at an inevitable and sweeping change in our industry’s landscape.


After his announcement on Wednesday of the next general election, the government’s delay in pushing the Tobacco & Vapes Bill only adds another layer of unpredictability. The omission of this crucial bill from the set of legislation to be finalised before parliament dissolves means we are yet again at the whim of politicians. Despite Sunak's strong stance during his speech, vowing to ensure that vaping products would be regulated, the bill didn't make it into Commons leader Penny Mordaunt’s list for the wash-up. This exclusion means that the bill will remain stalled. 


It's no secret that a large portion of the public have lost trust in the Conservatives in the last few years, however the smoking/vaping policy is supported by both major parties. This means that if the Labour party takes the majority in the upcoming general election, we could be forced to brace for substantial changes once again, whether that be positive and led by the consumers, or in the form of even further restrictions.


It is unclear how this delay will shape consumer behaviours and the broader regulatory environment we're so closely tied to. One thing we can be sure of is that we can take this hold up as an opportunity to make our voices heard. The looming possibility of a flavour ban still hangs over us. We need to make it clear to the next government that a choice in flavours keeps us from making a switch back to smoking and therefore reduces risk of illness for the general population.

 

For the time being, all that we can do is stay informed with what’s happening in Parliament and make sure to get out to the polls and vote come July 4. Advocate for policies that acknowledge how effective vaping is in reducing smoking rates. Talk to the people that you know to share your views and your concerns.

 

The only way we can effect change is to make our voices heard - and that’s true both for national policies and for the vaping industry.

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Comments

Caz - May 28, 2024

Legitimate retailers are responsible and those I know of have been asking for ID from those they feel are underage.
In my city Bristol UK, I can point to dozens of small stores and mobile shops selling to underage children without asking for ID. Local small shops all over the city sell these vapes to children.
The thing is, the owners know they can get away with it. No one is monitoring these places much less challenging them. And, who should be monitoring and bringing these shops to book? A police force which barely has enough coppers to catch serious criminals and is totally overwhelmed already?
The council in Bristol has ‘litter’ officers in place around the city centre. How about using those to monitor those selling disposable vapes to kids?
In any event, government needs to stop topping up its coffers by penalising legitimate businesses, and to stop wasting hard earned tax payers money on pet projects and third rate companies.

Wayne - May 28, 2024

The problem as I see it, the corner shop are selling to underage smokers, not only that some are fake, I only use darkstar now so I know I get a brilliant service, genuine products ans fast delivery, the law needs to hit corner shops selling to underage hard, like Stephen said, legit vape shops should not be targeted as they have proper contingency in place, but corner shops can see they are under age and yet still selling them.
I think there should be an id vetting system introduced online where darkstar can take the id number and check it against a register of anyone smoking vapes, this would rule out any child buying vapes to a certain degree, except those adults buying for kids in the first place. Vapes should be banned online unless they are from a genuine vape shop.
There are ways of stopping under age vaping but the government are too stupid to sort it out so they ban it for everyone as it’s easier for them.

Darren - May 27, 2024

We have the tax threat £10 per 100ml of e-liquid and £6 per 20ml of 18mg/ml liquid on top of the existing 20% VAT.
Pretty close to tripling the price for a consumer.
The two vape flavours I have never used are menthol and tobacco out of fear of creating a cigarette craving.
It looks to me that Governments world wide are encouraging cigarette smoking for those aged over 16.
The problem is the one usage devices and not the products supplied by the likes of DarkStar.

Stephan - May 27, 2024

I really hope they don’t do a flavour ban as tried tobacco one before they are horrible,,I’ve been of the cigarettes now for 10 years, and g to the gym on regular basis, I can now run 3 k in half an hour could nt walk up the stairs when I smoke with out getting out breath ,I love pop flavour when vape and love sweet flavour ones like gummy bears ,I do agree with baking disspball ones, corner shop need to be banned from selling them, if you want vape stuff go to proper vape shop or darkstar on line

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