UK Government consultation on vaping & related tobacco products
What is happening
The UK Government has launched its review of the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations (TRPR). These regulations were implemented in 2016 and are the UK’s version of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive.
5 years after implementation, as mandated by law, these regulations are being reviewed to assess whether they have met the objectives which ultimately was to reduce smoking rates in the UK.
The review of the TRPR will be in two stages. The first is a public consultation (launched on Friday 29th January) followed by a Government report outlining its recommended regulation changes.
A link to the consultation is here
Why is this important to vapers?
A review of TRPR means a review of the regulations that encompass vaping and nicotine products.
The UK Government is supportive of vaping, however, pressure from other countries around the world and in particular the World Health Organisation could see the UK’s position change.
To show the UK Government that vaping matters, one of the strongest messages vapers can send is about how vaping has impacted your life, therefore it is essential that vapers use this review process effectively.
The first part of the review process, the public consultation, will run for 7 weeks with a deadline for submissions on the 19th March 2021.
This consultation provides a unique opportunity to have your voice heard and to share your thoughts on how vaping should be regulated.
We Vape are here to support all vapers and ensure that your voices are heard and listened to by the Government.
Therefore, We Vape has created a handy guide to the consultation questions relevant to vaping and some suggestions of what you might include in your response.
Questions 6, 7, 8, 9, and 13 are the most relevant to vapers. Feel free to leave the other answers blank and just hit the neither agree nor disagree button or if you have a view please do share it.
Below is just some of the information you can consider including in each question should you so wish.
How far do you agree or disagree that the current regulations on e-cigarettes have been proportionate in protecting young people from taking up the use of these products?
Suggested response: Disagree
How far do you agree or disagree that the current regulations have ensured that e-cigarettes are available for those smokers who wish to switch to these products?
Suggested response: Agree
What effect do you think the regulations have had on smokers considering switching to e-cigarettes?
Suggested response: Discouraged
Do you consider the restrictions on e-cigarette advertising to be an effective way to discourage young people and non-smokers from using e-cigarettes?
Suggested response: Agree
Is there anything else you would like to share on negative or positive impacts the regulations have had on topics not covered above? If so, please explain and include any evidence and research you may have to back your response.