As many of our readers know, the TPD is now in full force in the UK. It was implemented on May 20th, 2016, and it is affecting vapers a little bit more as time goes on.
But many consumers are still unaware of exactly what the TPD has changed – so in this blog post, we are going to talk about what types of vape pens are actually legal in the UK post-TPD.
Here’s what you need to know.
First of all, the specific types of vape pens were somewhat categorized in the TPD verbiage by splitting them up into disposable and refillable devices. Both are still legal – but there are different requirements for both of them.
Now, for the average consumer, the good news is that you can’t get in trouble for owning, using, or buying a vape pen that doesn’t meet the requirements – because the responsibility to make sure that all of the products meet the standards is set upon the shoulders of the manufacturer or importer.
Obviously, stores are not allowed to sell vaping products that have not gone through the proper channels (when new vaping products are now released, the Secretary of State’s office must be notified, and a 6 month waiting period will ensue – after which, the device, if it meets all of the proper prerequisites, will be sellable). But the burden of deciding which vape pens should be set out and/or purchased on the store shelves or on the online storefront does not belong to the consumer.
So as a vaper, the TPD probably affects you the least. All you need to do is buy products – albeit you won’t have the same selection that you used to have.
Specific types of vape pens were not made illegal under the TPD… but pens that do not follow some basic criteria will not be able to be sold.
First of all, vape pens can now only have a 2ml tank capacity. They must have gone through the proper notification procedures, and must be able to deliver nicotine at ‘consistent levels under normal conditions of use.’
Refillable vape pens must also have a mechanism that will ensure that the device can be re-filled without leaking, and the packaging must be tamper-evident.
There are also rules that now govern how the products must be labeled and such.
How does this affect the average vaper?
Thankfully, most vapers won’t notice a huge difference in the vaping products that they purchase. The biggest difference, by far, will probably be the 2ml tank size – as the standard has become much larger… somewhere around 4 to 5ml.
But aside from this, most vapers can rest easy, knowing that they will still be able to buy either the same products that they’ve always loved, or slight variations of them.
E-liquid is also going through some changes, as it will only be available now in nicotine strengths of 20mg or less. 18mg will likely become the new standard for the most powerful E-liquid you can buy – which is quite a bit different from the 24mg that used to be.
Carrying containers will also be changing. The days of 30 or 50ml E-liquid bottles are now gone. Instead, the new maximum carrying capacity for E-liquid bottles will be 10ml.
While you will be free to continue to use your older devices (those with larger carrying capacities and the like), keep in mind that the day may come when they will no longer be supported with parts and supplies. The supply for replacement coils for older devices may dry up if the same coil is not used for other products – which may lead to some vapers being required to seek out new devices before the older models wear out or break down.
This transition may take a while – but thankfully, for the most part, vaping won’t be changing a whole lot for the average consumer.
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