The Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) charity works as the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health (APPG). The members of this group have sent a report to government which includes its suggestions on how the United Kingdom should treat tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The government will be changing the laws later this year.
We take it for granted that vaping in the UK is accepted and that the politicians follow the e-cig evidence, but what is it like for people in other parts of the world? We might complain about bottle size from time to time, or that we can’t vape in a football stadium, but they are confiscating vaping equipment, fining and imprisoning vapers elsewhere.
A new study from researchers at the Yale School of Public Health finds that adding vaping to a workplace smoking ban undermines smoking cessation attempts. Published in this month’s issue of Addiction journal, the authors findings ought to make employers pause for thought before discouraging staff from switching to vaping.
Vapekit is a proud member of the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA). In this article we will explore what the IBVTA does and how that goes towards ensuring better business practices and ensuring the future for vaping. We also look at the organisation’s involvement at parliament and how it influences legislation for tobacco harm reduction products like ecigs.
Denmark and the Netherlands are currently leading a charge to ban eliquid flavours in Europe. At home, some organisations like Action on Smoking and Health think we should be limiting choice to tobacco flavour only. We look to see if there is any evidence to support the argument to allow vapers to have a choice of what flavours they vape.
For a few years, vaping was a consumer driven phenomenon, and because it was new the industry policed itself as there were no applicable laws. The government instituted a light-touch approach and continued this as best as possible when instructed to adopt European legislation. Now we are leaving Europe, who is going to influence how we vape in future?
Experts and politicians are speaking out about the potential for tobacco harm reduction to benefit in our post-Brexit society. Until now, we have been restricted in our endeavours by Europe’s Tobacco Products Directive. Now the legislation is going to be changed and there are a number of changes, prohibited to European countries, that could help us achieve the Smoke-Free 2030 target.
During 2021, the UK Government is conducting a review of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TRPR), now that the UK is no longer bound by Europe’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Feeding into this will be a new inquiry being conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping (APPG) as it sees this as being an opportunity thrown up in our post-Brexit world.