If you've been using a vape machine or e-cigarette in the UK then you'll need to watch out for new rules and regulations.
The changes mainly affect vendors in the way they sell the liquids and machines - which will have a flow on effect to customers.
From May 20 manufacturers must be aware that:
- Before they're sold, all e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- The maximum capacity for an e-cigarette's refillable tank must be no bigger than 2ml
- E-liquids cannot be sold in quantities greater than 10ml
- Nicotine within E-liquid must not exceed 20mg/ml - unless registered as a medicine
- The packaging of E-liquids must be child-resistant and tamper evident
- Certain additives such as the stimulants caffeine and taurine or colourings are banned
- There are stricter labelling requirements
- Anyone caught breaking these new rules could face two years in jail or a hefty fine.
Product seller CigElectric believes the changes of the maximum nicotine strength won't help cigarette smokers kick the habit. It also reckons a reduction of the maximum tank capacity will reduce the range of products.
"Expect a massive shake up of the industry with smaller businesses shutting down, a massive reduction of product offerings and increased costs across the board," it said.
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