Are Vapes Regulated in the UK?

are vapes regulated?

Vapes have had a lot of misinformation spread about how much it is regulated and its safety ever since it has been introduced. In the UK, especially in recent years, vaping has become heavily regulated to keep it safe for consumers and manufacturers.

The introduction of The Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016 in the UK implemented minimum standards for safety and quality of all devices, e-liquids and refill containers. These rules and regulations can be split into two categories: rules for vapers and rules for vape manufacturers. The regulation on the production of e-liquids and devices are clear and highly controlled, whilst the laws about where you can vape are ever-changing. We have outlined the current regulations and laws about vaping in this blog to keep you in the loop.

The Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016

As mentioned above, the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016 implemented minimum standards for safety and quality in the vaping industry. The most important elements of these regulations are: 

  • The prohibition of vape product sales to under 18s.
  • All devices have to be compliant with the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016.
  • Vaping has no blanket legislation on vaping socially, leading to establishments and/or properties to decide whether they want to implement vaping into their no smoking policy.

The regulations outlined in these laws are: 

  • Tanks should not exceed a capacity of 2ml 
  • Restriction on the size of e-liquid bottles that contain nicotine (10ml)
  • Restrict the nicotine content of e-liquids to a maximum of 20 mg/ml
  • Nicotine-containing products/packaging to be child resistant and tamper evident 
  • The prohibition of colouring, taurine and caffeine in e-liquids
  • New labelling requirements and warnings on e-liquid bottles
  • All vapes and e-liquids are required to be externally laboratory tested for safety before they can be sold
close of vaping

Where Can I Vape?

Most of the rules put in place for traditional smoking are applied to vaping, however it does not share the same legislation therefore there is no legal ban on vaping.

Firstly, vaping indoors is a big question that a lot of newbie vapers ponder on. After the nationwide ban on traditional smoking indoors came into place in July 2007, all establishments that are enclosed or substantially enclosed enforced a no smoking policy. Therefore, vaping indoors is dependent on the property owner’s/establishment’s decision of whether to include vaping in their non-smoking policy. It is important to note that vaping in your house is not illegal, however, if you are renting it is all dependent on whether the property owner has permitted vaping indoors.

man vaping in shop

Vaping at work is also dependent on whether employers include vaping in their no smoking policies. However, some employers have provided designated areas for vaping in workplaces.

Additionally, vaping while driving is not illegal, however driving without due care and attention (e.g. vapour obstructing your view) can result in a large fine or penalty points on your driving licence. Health experts also note that it is not recommended to vape in your car in the presence of children and/or adolescent passengers.

Are Vapes Regulated to Where I Can Vape?

Now that we have mentioned where you may be able to vape, we will go into detail on where it is prohibited.

On Planes and Airports 

As planes and airports are very highly controlled environments, they are very strict on enforcing vaping as part of their no smoking policy. 

On Public Transport 

Vaping is prohibited on many forms of public transport [bus, trains, trams, etc]  for a few reasons, one is to keep in consideration of other passengers, secondly to keep vapour out of enclosed spaces.

no vaping sign

Museums and Art Galleries 

Museums and art galleries are very highly controlled environments due to ensuring the quality and the longevity of the works. This can also be seen with the famous no flash photography ban conservators have implemented in their exhibitions.

To conclude, vapes are regulated by the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016 to ensure the safety of consumers. These regulations have spanned across elements such as nicotine content, e-liquids, devices, and vaping indoors.

Worried about whether e-liquids are regulated in the UK? We’ve got all the details for you in this blog post to reassure you about the regulations that have been put in place to deliver your favourite juices.

If you have any more questions about vaping, you can contact our team at Joe’s Juice through email or telephone as we are always happy to help.