New laws on e-cigarettes are coming into force next month - here’s what is happening

Rob Waugh

If you smoke e-cigarettes in the UK, new laws are coming into force next month which could affect your vaping habit.

E-cigarettes are now regulated under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 which comes into force on May 20.

According to Trading Standards officers, the new laws affect the types of product which are on sale.

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For instance, the maximum size of refill containers is now 10ml.

Likewise, cartridges or tanks can no longer exceed 2ml – and high-strength e-liquids at 24ml (which some smokers use to transition from tobacco) will no longer be on sale.

Additives such as caffeine and taurine are now banned.

It’s also likely that the number of flavours on sale will drop, as manufacturers will now have to tell the Government about ingredients, and ensure that they meet safety standards.

All e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency before being sold.

This may dissuade manufacturers from trying out new flavours as it could be a costly process.

High Street and online sellers must abide by the new regulations – or potentially face imprisonment.