In the past year a lot has changed in the vaping industry. With the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations being amended this year, tightening the new restrictions on the manufacture of vaping products, it seems like tight times for the vaping industry. The reality however, may be far more hopeful than first thought, with predictions on the next steps the government might take being of benefit to the vaping industry. There are several factors behind this, and a number of smoking cessation predictions which vape and nicotine product experts are hopeful will come into play in the next few years.
Predictions about smoking
New Tobacco Control Plans from the government have shown that there is a strong will to cut the number of people smoking in the UK to 12% of the population by 2022. On top of this courageous objective, a charity known as Action on Smoking and Health, fittingly abbreviated to ASH, believes that if smoking numbers keep falling at the rate that they are, we could see the UK become smoker-free by 2033.
Tobacco Control Plans – what we know
The new deregulations proposed as part of the Tobacco Control Plan were set out this summer and their objectives are wholly positive when it comes to vaping, viewing the electronic cigarette as key to smoking cessation. The TCP wants to cut the number of 15 year olds who smoke to as little as 3%, from it’s current 8% of 15 year olds. Adult smoking, as mentioned above is to be culled to 12% from 15% whilst those smoking during pregnancy should be cut from 10.5% to 6%. What’s more, smoking in the workplace may once more be allowed. All of this has the deadline of 2022 which means it’ll be all systems go for law makers and health experts to reach these targets.
How does vaping play a role?
With vaping becoming increasingly recognised as one of the most successful smoking cessation tools out there, it’s no surprise that plans are being made to regulate the current laws. It is thought that soon enough people will be able to smoke indoors and the current cap of 2 ml tanks could become a thing of the past. This is to make vaping more attractive to current smokers who may have been put off by last year’s laws. On top of this, the government is looking to make information on e-cigarettes more readily available for those looking to find out more. With more smokers turning to vaping due to these new developments, the targets set out by the Tobacco Control Plan could very easily be met by the government.
What’s more, over the last year, many vape experts and workers have expressed concern over the current laws being far too tight, especially when you factor in how it should be embraced to stop the far unhealthier tobacco habit. The smaller tanks and need for approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency meant that it took far longer for the best new flavours to go on sale, if they did at all. This also stalled the development of new device s and flavours.
Burdened with many other stringent guidelines, the vaping industry has been placed in a temporary chokehold. The calls of protest have been answered however, with the laws which came into play in May 2017 having already been questioned and with vaping being backed by the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health, it has now been proved that vaping is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. This means that soon enough, we could see some changes in the law which could prove highly positive for the vaping industry.