Below is a recap of the meaning behind what has passed on the Tobacco Products Directive snaking its way through the EU Parliament written by Liam Humberstone totally wicked in house Engineer.

If you are new to vaping you should probably read this so you’ll understand why we are taking action but if you are already used to this, this can serve as your reminder of what we are all facing.

What the TPD actually mandates.

The European Parliament adopted the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40(EU) on April 3, 2014. Its implementation is occurring, including the section pertaining to electronic gadgets found in Article 20.

Electronic cigarettes and e-liquid has some specific consequences for the way in which they may be manufactured and sold. The transposition of Individual Member State that leads to enforcement is starting in many EU Member States already.

In the UK, the body responsible for implementation is the Department of Health (DH) and although this path has not been clarified, the European Parliament required the TPD to come into force for e-cigarettes from May 20, 2016. The DH have showed their intention to meet this target.

The main points of the TPD with regards to e-cigarettes are the following:

  1. E-cigarettes are not subject to the limitations exposed by the TPD. They may be sold as authorized medical products.
  2. E-cigarettes and e-liquid which are not sold as medical products may be sold subject to TPD regulation for they are considered to be tobacco products.
  3. Six months before being placed in the market, all products must be notified by the DH. Products already out in the market on May 20, 2016 must be informed within 6 months prior to that date. Every product requires substantial testing and technical work for the notification procedure is complex.
  4. E-liquid may be sold in 2ml or less pre-filled cartridges or 10ml or less refill containers.
  5. E-liquid may not exceed a content of 20mg/ml nicotine.
  6. Ingredients that will not cause risk to the human health may only be used in the e-liquid.
  7. Consistent operating conditions must be delivered by consistent nicotine doses.
  8. When e-cigars and containers are refillable, there must be a piece of machinery that guarantee leak free refilling, tamper proof and protected against breakage and leakage.
  9. There must be information leaflets included with all e-cigar and e-liquid products.
  10. Ingredients should be arranged in descending order of weight and with an indication of nicotine level per dose.
  11. It is not allowed to promote nor advertise e-cigarettes by print, radio, television and public even media.
  12. Comprehensive sales and marketing data is required to be submitted.

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This are the 4 categories that contains the majority of requirements of the TDP.

Absurd (2,7,11)

E cigars are clearly not a medical or a tobacco product even vapers. Users have their different desire for nicotine dose so nicotine doses cannot be guaranteed. A new weight of adsurdity is defined with the idea of allowing the selling of the product in the market but not allowing it to be advertised.

Of no value (4,5)

There is no reason to limit container size or nicotine strength. It contains fluids that are known to be underestimated and the clauses relating to this have negative consequences.

Impossible (8)

We can make leak free filling possible. But like fuel pumps at petrol stations there will always be in instance where people will pour other liquids into their e-cigar tanks.

Unrealistic (3,12)

Consumer’s taste in e-cigar leads suppliers to produce varieties of products that will suit their taste and type. This idea of knowing what the consumer’s like and want can be very time consuming. The demands of sales and marketing data include somehow knowing the age, tobacco use preferences using a particular product. Gathering of this data has no realistic way.

The TPD will change the face of vaping which will not be for the better. Please support the TW legal challenge by visiting this link.