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UK Government Plans Raising Legal Age for Smoking

You may have already heard that the UK government is currently in talks about how to approach the fast-approaching deadline for Smoke-Free UK. Currently, there are plans to increase the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21 in a bid to bring smoking prevalence down in the UK to below 5%. But an alternative has been suggested by ex-charity boss Javed Khan.

Increasing age restriction year by year

There have been calls that raising the legal age of smokers to 21 is not likely to help the government’s plan to make the UK smoke-free by 2030. Instead, it has been suggested that we should follow in the steps of several other countries like New Zealand. There they have adopted a method of increasing the legal age to smoke by one year, each year. Effectively this is to make smoking no longer legal for any age, after a long enough period, but the hopes are that this could dissuade new smokers from starting.

At the moment, there has been no agreement by the government on these plans, and many believe they are unlikely to pass such a plan. More than likely the legal age will be raised to a fixed age unless the UK government listens to concerned parties. But what does this mean for the vaping industry?

Luckily, the UK government continues to back vaping and E-Cigarettes as a useful method for quitting smoking. Any proposed changes are not likely to affect the vaping industry too much.

What changes could occur in the vaping industry?

As mentioned before, the changes to raising the legal age of smoking should impact the vaping industry very little. Instead, the biggest push from these reforms should be in the government’s increasing positive stance on vaping. If the government does more to incentivise and correct vaping misinformation, we may very well see vaping continue to grow.

Although there have been talks about whether the TPD (now known as TRPR in the UK) regulations need amending post-Brexit, and currently there are no major changes involved, more must be done to help the UK hit the Smoke-Free deadline in time.

There have been suggestions from the NNA(New Nicotine Alliance) that many smokers are unaware of the various tools they can use to help quit, due to the inability to market such products. Among other issues such as tank sizes being too small to be of real benefit to smokers still struggling to quit. Perhaps the closer to the 2030 deadline we get, the more the government may rethink their stance on these regulations.

Currently, it is argued that strict vaping regulations could be in the way of stopping potential quitters from taking up vaping. With a change in tank size and nicotine strength, we could potentially see more smokers quitting for good. And with statistics showing that pod kits and tank kits are still the most popular method to vape it’s time for brands to start investing more in reusable methods of vaping like pod kits and E-Liquids for refillable devices to help with this push.

Market growth is still strong in the UK and has the potential to continue growing with statistics suggesting a 13% increase by 2025. With the continued momentum of pushing vaping as a much less harmful alternative to smoking, this can only grow.

As always, we continue to keep a close eye on the UK government and vaping industry news. Check our Info Hub for more information about Xyfil and what’s going on in the vaping industry.

The Future of E-Liquid Manufacture After Brexit

While Brexit may have shaken up many businesses and worried others about its implications, the vaping industry is one that we feel could benefit from this sudden shift. It certainly came as a surprise from some when much of the country voted to go ahead with Brexit. Immediately concerns were raised about how the UK would handle the change. From trade deals to an economic crisis, everything was on the table and the pandemic didn’t help. But there may be a silver lining for those in the vaping industry.

Pre-Brexit industry

The UK is currently regulated under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR), the equivalent of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). These regulations cover:

  • Bottles of nicotine-containing E-Liquids containing no more than 10ml
  • Disposable E-Cigarettes and single use cartridges or tanks must not exceed 2ml in volume
  • E-Liquids must not include harmful ingredients that pose a risk to health in a heated or unheated form
  • Nicotine strength in nicotine-containing products is restricted to a maximum of 20mg/ml
  • All nicotine-containing E-Liquids must be first passed by the MHRA before they can be sold

There are also strict rules around the packaging and labelling of these products to ensure that they are not aimed at young people and children, and clear warnings that the product contains nicotine. In the UK in particular, our regulations also include that these products cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Post-Brexit industry

With the newfound freedom there will undoubtedly be reviews on many of the UK’s laws and regulations that were previously imposed by members of the EU. As the UK has always been a staunch supporter of vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, with the means of aiding smoking cessation, it is very likely that these regulations could be amended.

With an ambitious target of making the UK smoke-free by 2030, it’s certainly in the UK government’s best interests to take another look at the rules and regulations that could potentially be hampering some from making the change.

Although of course, the vape market is not the only thing to be hit by Brexit. There have been many issues, not just due to Brexit, with imports and exports of goods. Between Brexit and COVID-19, it’s hard to say for certain which contributed more to the prevailing issues. As trade agreements fall into place, the issues will be ironed out in time.

This year, manufacturers are seeing the need to drive inefficiency and delays from their supply chains by deploying highly flexible ecosystems that let them handle disruption. It’s an unfortunate fact that while things are still stabilising, we may have to get used to disruption in the long-term. Establishing a resilient supply chain is quickly becoming a necessity for manufacture.

At Xyfil we had established risk management systems before the pandemic, to ensure flexibility with our suppliers. We created backups for our suppliers and backups for those. These prior plans really showed in our ability to remain open without a single day of manufacturing lost because of our extensive strategies. Making sure that your supply chain remains running is but one of the ways to keep your manufacturing business devoid of disruption.

The Possibilities of the Future

Talks are soon to go ahead regarding the way vaping is treated by governments, and although the EU may be bending to the will of the WHO (World Health Organisation) and their aggressive stance against vaping, the UK is in a great position to make impactful changes.

For vapers and businesses, making changes to the tank size, amount of E-Liquid, nicotine strength levels and restrictions on advertising could have a massive impact in the UK. By making changes to these things, it would allow brands to create more diverse ranges of products, tailored even more towards those looking to quit smoking.

Often, 20mg/ml is not enough for smokers to make the change as they don’t get the strong nicotine hit, they need. This ends up ultimately turning them back towards smoking. Similarly, by being able to properly advertise vaping products, businesses would be able to reach more people than before and be able to proactively help smokers make the change to a less harmful alternative.

What do you think? Has Brexit impacted your business for better or for worse? Keep posted with us for any new developments in the E-Liquid and CBD industry.

TPD - Regulations

What is TPD ?

If you’re looking at breaking into the CBD industry, you’ll have heard the term “TPD compliant” thrown around – but what does it mean? Let’s break it down for you. 

The Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) is a regulatory act in the European Union that sets restrictions upon the sale of tobacco products, including vaping devices and e-liquids. In the UK, this legislation is termed as the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TRPR), and was replaced by the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 following the UK exit from the European Union. 

The acts all follow a similar pattern in their regulations, and it’s essential to be familiar with these rules if you’re a CBD or vape product producer. You will not be permitted to sell your range commercially if you’re not compliant with these regulations, overseen in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA.

The TPD introduced rules which require:

  • Minimum standards to be met for quality and safety of e-cigarettes, refill containers and e-liquids
  • Information to be shared as needed with consumers to enable them to make informed decisions
  • Proactive efforts to protect children from use of these products

Their specific requirements mean producers must:

  • Cap e-cigarette tank capacity at 2ml
  • Cap the maximum volume of nicotine-containing e-liquid in a single container to 10ml
  • Cap nicotine strength in e-liquids at 20mg/ml
  • Ensure all packaging is child-resistant and tamper evident
  • Forbid certain ingredients and colourings, such as caffeine and taurine
  • Include clear warnings in product labelling

To ensure producers have met all of these requirements, all e-cigarette and e-liquid products must be presented to MHRA and approved by this body before they can be sold.

What Does TPD Mean for My CBD Brand?

Aside from being a mandatory essential for CBD e-liquid and vape sellers, being able to show compliance with regulations will be a great benefit for your sales. 

Proving that you have committed the time and effort to provide the safest product possible will be a huge reassurance to your customer base. These regulations also present a reliability and consistency in your CBD e-liquids which can win you customer loyalty over other brands.  TPD regulations set a standard for production and quality of CBD products, and presenting TPD certified products to the market will verify your brand as having the best working practices, and highest quality product.

How Does Xyfil Approach TPD Certification?

As market leaders, we’re always working hard at Xyfil to ensure we meet all regulations to the highest standard. Our facilities, equipment, and manufacturing processes are all ISO 9001 accredited, and our wide range of analytical solutions cover, among others, GC-MS and HPLC-UV screening and toxicological assessments. 

We also offer a side effects reporting portal directly through our website. This ensures our customers are always able to make contact as soon as possible should they experience any adverse effects, and we can respond as quickly as possible. Our position in the industry means we must respect the responsibility we have in terms of product safety and vigilance in reviewing physical effects. We’re proud to be trusted by customers and clients internationally, and intend to maintain our reputation through responsible regulation for years to come.

Work with Xyfil for TPD Accredited CBD Products

When you develop products with us, you can trust we will submit all elements to full testing to ensure comprehensive compliance as needed – and then keep everything hassle free by compiling reports and submitting to MHRA for approval. In everything we do, we work to exceed customer expectations for quality and safety, and take international regulations as our starting point. If you’re looking for a CBD and vape producer you can trust, get in touch with us today. Let us make your job easy, and take advantage of shelf-ready white-label CBD manufacturing with Xyfil.