Private Members Bill seeks to exempt vaping products from TPD regulation in UK.

A Conservative MP is spearheading a move to exempt vaping from the regulations imposed by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope has tabled a Private Member’s Bill to significantly relax UK vaping regulations and this is due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on April 27.

The Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Bill seeks to exempt e-cigarettes from UK law derived from the TPD.

If passed it would amend the existing legislation, The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, so that the advertising ban on vaping products would be lifted.

It would also see the end of the 10ml bottle rule, the 2ml limit on tank sizes and existing restrictions on maximum nicotine strengths.

Regulations regarding labelling and packaging would also be lifted under Sir Christopher’s bill, which is proposed to come into effect on March 30 2019, the day after the UK is due to leave the European Union.

The bill is unlikely to mean an end to all regulation in the UK as parliament would still have the power to replace the TPD requirements with rules of its own. If it becomes law, it would be known as the Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Act 2018.

There are several hurdles the bill has yet to pass before it could become law and there is no guarantee that it will ever make its way into the statute books.

The bill, which is just two pages long, says it is designed to, “make provision for the regulation of the sale and use of electronic cigarettes; to exempt electronic cigarettes from UK law derived from the Tobacco Products Directive; and for connected purposes.”

The IBVTA described the bill as “a step in the right direction” but warned that Private Members’ Bills rarely became law and were often used as tools to promote debate.

It said on its website,

“MPs do not usually draft Private Members’ Bills in an attempt at changing legislation, but in order to spur a debate on a topic which they are interested in. In summary, we do not expect for this bill to be passed, [but] it is nevertheless an important step forward and another indication that politicians are taking vaping and the contribution and concerns of IBVTA members’ businesses seriously.”

Meanwhile the IBVTA recently met with the Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP to discuss vaping and the independent industry. It said, “We continue to engage with politicians, locally, nationally and at EU level, in order for the independent vape industry’s concerns to be heard.”