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Vaping in the UK
When it comes to the various regulations on vaping and the different types of devices used for it, the United States and the United Kingdom take extremely different approaches. Currently, the FDA in the United States is being pushed by several senators to ban flavored e-liquid products in response to the recent spike in teenage vaping. While the United Kingdom also has strict regulations, it appears the general view that authorities have on vaping is much more laid back.
Authorities in the United Kingdom
are much more comfortable with the idea that vaping is a far less harmful
substitute for tobacco cigarettes. Because of this view, vaping is less
stigmatized socially than it is in the United States.
However, this more relaxed perspective on vaping doesn't mean that the United Kingdom doesn't have its own set of strict rules when it comes to how vaping products are produced, sold and marketed. For one thing, the act of vaping is banned in locations where the smoking of tobacco products is banned. This law also exists in the United States.
Experts believe that the more laid-back view on vaping is the result of the unique regulations that UK legislators have placed on the vaping industry. These regulations mostly have to do with how vaping products are produced and sold in stores.
Currently, there are seven specific laws that vaping brands must follow. These rules include restricting the capacity of vape tanks to two milliliters, restricting e-liquid bottle sizes to ten milliliters, putting no more than 20 mg of nicotine in an e-liquid product, and restricting certain types of ingredients and coloring agents.
Meanwhile, in the United States, vape juice brands basically have free reign when it comes to how they produce their products. Because of this, more American legislators are worried about the effects of these products on those who vape. Thanks to an increase in the popularity of portable vaping devices like JUUL, Americans are more concerned than ever about how the vaping industry is getting teenagers hooked on nicotine by appealing to their taste buds with flavors that are inspired by desserts and candies.
In the United Kingdom, products from manufacturers like JUUL are banned. This is because these portable vaping devices use e-liquids that contain salt-based nicotine. This type of nicotine is incredibly potent. Therefore, it's too high by the United Kingdom's standards.
The United Kingdom also doesn't allow e-cigarette companies to claim that their products are safer than conventional cigarettes. Vapers, however, feel that this may do more harm than good. Even Public Health England has stated that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes . By banning the ability for vaping brands to promote their products as less harmful to a person's health, cigarette smokers may never switch to what many believe is a far safer alternative.
Despite the extremely strict regulations regarding vaping in the United Kingdom, it appears the government is more open to acknowledging studies that demonstrate how vaping is less harmful than the smoking of tobacco products. By regulating how vaping products are created and sold, UK authorities can ensure that those who have switched from tobacco products to vaping can continue to get their fix without being exposed to questionable ingredients or extremely high doses of nicotine.