In the UK, the biggest event in November for vaping was the reform on regulations regarding advertising. After consulting with public health charities and governing health organisations, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) will now allow advertising for e-cigarettes. There will still be regulations surrounding the language used but the move has increased the credibility of vaping being used as a viable means of quitting smoking.
Across the channel in Europe, Italy have significantly lowered the taxes on e-liquids. Previously there was a 40 cent tax per ml on both nicotine containing and nicotine free e-liquids, now it’ll only cost 4 cents per ml of nic-free liquid and 8 cents for nicotine liquids. E-liquids will now also be able to be sold online providing that retailers register with the tax warehouse.
It’s been a busy month in the States, after months of build up, Juul have changed how they sell their tech. In an attempt to squash teen vaping, Juul have removed their flavoured mango, fruit, creme and cucumber pods from convenience stores and vape shops – they’re now only available online on Juul’s website. The move was made following concern and criticism from the FDA that non-traditional flavours will appeal to underage vapers and contribute to more youth taking up vaping.
Despite claims the “teen vaping epidemic” would lead to an uptake in cigarette smoking, a recent study suggests the concerns are unfounded. Georgetown University Medical Centre has released data that concluded if this were the case, the tipping point for a smoking increase would have happened in 2014. In 2013, cigarettes were almost three times as popular amongst underage users than e-cigarettes. By 2015, the numbers showed 2.39 million underage users had vaped and only 1.37 million had smoked. If there was a correlation between the two, their conclusion was smoking rates would have increased with vaping.
Florida, the state who have banned flavoured e-liquids effective from January 2019 have now also banned vaping inside. The only exceptions are in private residences, vape shops, some bars and smoking-friendly hotels. A vote was passed by residents in Florida with a massive 69% voting against vaping in doors over concerns it would contaminate ambient air. The update to Section 20 of Article X has been criticised as anti-democratic by the president of the American Vaping Association.
New Zealand is tightening up regulations on vaping products. They will now be classified in the same way as regular combustible cigarettes and there will be new regulations surrounding how they can be displayed. This will now mean vaping is prohibited in public areas like restaurants and bars in the same way smoking is.
Contrary to New Zealand, Australia is considering overturning current vaping laws. E-cigarettes are legal in Australia but e-liquids containing nicotine are not. Liberal MPs are aiming to change this, while there was resistance from the health minister, Australia will now hold and independent study to make a more informed decision.