In line with data from across the globe, a study by researchers from the University of East Anglia has found that recent EU e-cigarette restrictions have pushed many vapers to the black market.
Introduced in 2017, the aim of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is to educate the public about the risks of vaping and prevent use by non-smokers and minors. Meanwhile many public health experts in the UK had been concerned that with all the restrictions set in place by the regulation, those seasoned smokers who had switched to vaping, would revert back to smoking. And sadly, past data have already indicated that this was indeed the case.
The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) annual publication release in 2018, Adult Smoking Habits in Great Britain, with data for 2017, had pointed out that while smoking rates amongst young adults had dipped further, those for older adults had for the first time in years, increased slightly, as predicted.
The TPD 20 mg/ml nicotine level is a stumbling block for most
Amongst other things, the TPD regulation banning sales of nicotine containing e-liquids above 20 mg/ml, has been making it hard for many smokers to switch to e-cigarettes. It is a known fact that when smokers first turn to vaping, they first start with higher doses of nicotine to match the hit they were getting from their cigarettes, and then proceed to wean themselves slowly in order to curb their addiction. Therefore the ban on nicotine doses over 20mg/ml, is putting a stumbling block in that first step of a smoker’s journey to a smoke free life.
Diane Caruana – VapingPost – October 19, 2020.