Will The TPD Change Post Brexit?
This week a Government document has been doing the rounds in vaping circles hinting at a change in the TPD legislation post Brexit.
The document in question is the ‘Tobacco Control Plan for England’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/towards-a-smoke-free-generation-tobacco-control-plan-for-england. It replaces the previous version which initially introduced the Tobacco Products Directive and introduced the current limitations on nicotine strength and tank size.
Calling for a Smoke-free Britain by 2022, this document outlines the following objectives:
- Reduce smoking among adults in England from 15.5% to 12% or less
- Reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.5% to 6% or less
- Reduce the number of 15 year olds who regularly smoke from 8% to 3% or less
- Reduce the inequality gap in smoking prevalence, between those in routine and manual occupations and the general population
With Public Health England stating that vaping is 95% safer than smoking and Cancer Research UK endorsing vaping as a viable quit smoking option, it still leaves vapers scratching their heads as to why the TRPR regulations were even considered.
The industry needs regulation to protect the consumer yes, but with ridiculous advertising rules and a tank size limit that seems to make little sense surely the TPD rules around vaping need addressing.
Well there is a possibility that Teresa May’s Government are going to do just that.
On page 27 of this document there is a nod to vaping that seems to suggest that the current regulations will be addressed post Brexit:
“On the 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.
During this period the government will continue to negotiate, implement and apply EU legislation. The outcome of the exit negotiations will determine what arrangements apply in relation to EU legislation in future once the UK has left the EU. Future tobacco control measures will need to reflect the new environment in which tobacco control will be delivered.
Over the course of this Tobacco Control Plan, the government will review where the UK’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re-appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health. We will look to identify where we can sensibly deregulate without harming public health or where EU regulations limit our ability to deal with tobacco.
In particular, the government will assess recent legislation such as the Tobacco Products Directive, including as it applies to e-cigarettes, and consider where the UK’s exit provides opportunity to alter the legislative provisions to provide for improved health outcomes within the UK context.
The government will continue to embrace developments that have the potential to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use and as such we will consider if the current regulatory framework strikes the right balance, and whether there is more we can do to help people to stop smoking. We remain committed to a comprehensive and robust tobacco control strategy which protects the population of England.”
What does this mean for vapers? The honest answer is that at this moment we don’t know. But this can only be a positive step for e-cigs going forward.
We will keep you updated on any breaking news regarding TPD regulations as more information is released.