Smoking, cigarettes and vaping: Everything you need to know about the new laws

Cigarettes

New laws are coming in tomorrow which will change the lives of smokers and vapers across Europe.

According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) there’s around 10million smokers in the UK and a further 2.6million are puffing on e-cigarettes.

But new rules will be enforced under the Tobacco and Regulated Products Regulations 2016 in the hopes of slashing the number of nicotine addicts by 2.4million.

New laws are coming in tomorrow which will change the lives of smokers and vapers across Europe.

According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) there’s around 10million smokers in the UK and a further 2.6million are puffing on e-cigarettes.

But new rules will be enforced under the Tobacco and Regulated Products Regulations 2016 in the hopes of slashing the number of nicotine addicts by 2.4million.

The change affects cigarettes, hand-rolling tobacco and e-cigarettes manufactured for sale in the UK.

All products will have to comply with the regulations from 20 May 2016 but there will be a one-year transitional period while old stock is sold off.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules:

CIGARETTES

Standardised plain packaging

In a bid to discourage smokers from being attracted to pretty packaging, all cigarette boxes and rolling pouches will be standardised.

You will no longer be able to spot a pack of Pall Mall from Marlboro and all packets will have the same olive-green colour, opening and font styles.

This means “lipstick-style” packs aimed at women, such as Vogue cigarettes, will also be outlawed.

New cigarette packet design

Graphic health warnings

At least 65% of the packaging on show must be covered with public health warnings, graphic photos and text to demonstrate the damage that smoking does to your health.

On top of the warnings, there’ll be a ban on promotional statements such as “this product is free of additives” or ”is less harmful than other brands”.

Other misleading descriptions such as “lite”, “natural” and “organic” will no longer be allowed.

Ban on 10-packs of cigarettes

All packs must contain a minimum of 20 cigarettes to make room for the health warnings.

Small bags of rolling tobacco will also be banned – with pouches forced to weigh at least 30g while the current smallest pouch size is 8g.

Menthol and flavoured tobacco to become illegal

It’s very bad news for menthol fans because the flavoured fags will be phased out from tomorrow before becoming completely illegal by May 20 2020.

Other flavours which will become extinct in the next four years include fruit, spice, herbs, alcohol, candy or vanilla.

 

Cigarettes

WARNING: All packs will be plastered with health advice

E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING

Smaller, weaker containers

While there’s currently no limitation on the size of refill containers, it will now be capped at 10ml and 2ml for disposable e-cigarettes, cartridges and tanks.

This rule change could have a knock-on effect on the price of each container, as vaping fans will no longer be able to buy in bulk.

Secondly the maximum strength of a vile of vaping liquid will drop to 20mg per ml of nictotine, down from 24mg.

Zero nicotine products are not included in the legislation change.

 

Woman vaping

VAPING: The changes will also affect e-cigarettes

Packaging with health warnings

Similar to cigarettes, electronic fag packaging will also require health warnings.

Around 30% of the packet should be plastered with advice, stating: “This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.”

E-cigarettes must be childproof

The vaping liquid is potentially dangerous if it’s ingested so new rules state e-cigarettes must be childproof and tamper-proof.

Adverts will change

Under the new laws, e-cigarette companies won’t be able to claim that vaping is beneficial to peoples’ health.

This means they can’t draw comparisons between vaping versus smoking tobacco either.

Celebrities will be banned from endorsing e-cigarettes and free samples won’t be allowed to be given out in promotional campaigns.

Greater government scrutiny

Vaping giants will have to submit information to the government detailing exactly what their products contain before they are allowed to sell them in the UK.

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