With the recent development of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reclassifying electronic cigarettes and e-liquid as medicines by 2016 the ecig world as we know it is set to change in the UK. Requiring all electronic cigarettes and e-liquid to be extensively tested and approved by the MHRA is effectively a e cigarette UK ban on all current electronic cigarettes and e-liquid currently on the market.
Why are they doing it?
The MHRA say they are worried about the nicotine delivery in the products and how effective they really are. They are also concerned about electronic cigarettes may be a ‘gate way’ encouraging younger people and non-smokers to start smoking. they believe an e cigarette UK ban on current products is the solution.
They see electronic cigarettes as a medicine for treating addiction similar to nicotine gum and patches and not as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco.
Jeremy Mean, the MHRA’s Group Manager of Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines, says:
“Reducing the harms of smoking to smokers and those around them is a key Government health priority”
but unfortunately it seems this legislation for a e cigarette UK ban will only restrict the availability and variety of e-cigarettes which over 1.3 million people in Britain have come to enjoy and use to quit their tobacco habit.
What can we do?
The most important thing we can do is voice our opinions and get them heard. If you oppose the e cigarette UK ban here are some things you can do to get started.
Sign the EU petition which will be sent to the Members of the European Commission
You can also find your local MP and MEP and write to them here: writetothem.com/
Is it all over?
No! This is just the beginning. We still need to wait for the results from the European Parliament that the UK will have to follow.
There is a lot of time in the next 3 years to make a difference and change people’s minds. If you feel strongly about this please make your voice heard and express your opinions. Only electronic cigarette users truly understand the benefits and enjoyment an electronic cigarette and we have to get our message heard!