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E-cigarettes and the Law

The Law introduced in the United Kingdom in the Health Act 2006, banned the use of tobacco based cigarettes in public places. The Act was introduced in response to where tobacco based cigarettes kills over 100,000 people each year in the UK, as lit tobacco produces tar, carcinogens, carbon monoxide and up to 400 other toxic substances.

In Chapter 28 that incorporates the Smoking ban, the definition of smoking is stated as : smoking refers to smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, and smoking includes being in possession of lit tobacco or of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form in which it could be smoked. The user of a electronic cigarette device is excluded from this Act as the device contains no tobacco; it is not ignited, and produces no smoke from burning substances.

The electronic cigarette can be used in any location and within any premises that introduced a ban on tobacco based cigarettes with the introduction into Law of the Health Act 2006.

Regulations concerning e-cigs in the UK -
What is the TPD ?
Coming into force on 20 May 2017, Article 20 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive consists of a long list of new regulations that apply to e-cigs.
Main changes that are relevant which apply to products allowed to be sold:
  • No nicotine containing e-liquid bottles over 10ml size
  • No nicotine strength over 20mg/ml (2%)
  • No tanks over 2ml size