Vapers in the UK are expected to encounter several changes as not only will there be less products on the market, but the amounts that they are able to consume will also be reduced. An article published yesterday on the The Mirror, pointed out that this could lead to some vapers not being able to match the same strength that they are accustomed to and although some may just buy more of the product in order to satisfy their cravings, others may resort back to smoking.
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- Restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml.
- Restrict the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml.
- Restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml.
- Require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident.
- Ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine.
- Include new labelling requirements and warnings.
- Require e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to health regulators before they can be sold.
Amongst the concerns surrounding these looming regulations are the fact that since there is a restriction on ingredients, the number of flavours available on the market may drop. Additionally, the fact that all e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency prior to being sold, may dissuade manufacturers from launching new flavours, as this process could involve significant costs.
Why having less flavours on the market is detrimental
While everyone is in agreement that it is important to have safety measures and regulations in place, in order to ensure that the products are safe for consumption. Public Health experts may argue that implementing regulations that may restrict the variety of flavours available may have some repercussions. Studies have indicated that one of the main incentives that encourages seasoned smokers to make the switch to the healthier alternatives is the variety of flavours available.