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The Key Facts About UK Vaping Laws

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In this article, we will analyze some key facts about vaping laws in the UK. We will discuss places you can vape, age limits, and regulations surrounding e-liquids and devices. And how, by adhering to rules, vapers can enjoy a satisfying vaping experience.

What is Vaping?

Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of vapour that is formed by a device known as an electronic cigarette or a vaporizer. By heating a liquid solution, the vapour is formed called vape juice or e-liquid, which usually contains flavourings, nicotine, and other chemicals.

Vaping has become an alternative to traditional smoking, which provides less harmful ways for smokers to fulfill their nicotine cravings. If you’re a vaper or considering making the shift, it’s very important for you to be aware of the vaping laws in the United Kingdom to make sure you are vaping within the lawful borderline.

Is vaping legal in the UK?

At present, vaping is allowed in the United Kingdom, but there are some restrictions on places, age limits and the quantity of nicotine added to liquid.

Legal age for Vaping in the UK:

In the United Kingdom, to buy or use the vape, your age must be 18 or older. However, the liquid that vape contains must not exceed 2 millilitres or contain more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre.

Illegal Age for Vaping in the UK:

In the UK, selling vapes to anyone under 18 is considered illegal. However, it is also illegal for adults (over 18) to buy vapes for under 18. An offence bears a fine of £2,500. Only nicotine-free products (such as Cube Zero, Avida CBD vape pen, Twist E-juice, etc.) can sold to those under 18.

Regulation of Vape in the UK:

E-cigarettes and vaping products are regulated under acts as follows:

Tobacco and its related products, like vaping and e-cigarette manufacturing, sale, marketing and packaging, are governed by the UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

The sale of nicotine-containing products like vaping and e-cigarette devices to people under the age of 18 is governed by the UK’s Nicotine Inhalant Regulations 2015.

Restrictions on Vaping in the UK:

Restriction on Age: It is illegal to sell Vaping products under the age of 18. It is also illegal for adults to purchase vape for anyone under 18. Retailers are required to inspect the age of customers before making a sale.

Restriction on Nicotine strength: Only 20mg/ml strength of e-liquid is allowed to be sold, if it surpasses it is illegal.

Restriction on Tank size: Tank sizes are allowed to be capped at 2ml maximum. It will be illegal if it’s bigger than this.

Restriction on Advertising and promotion: In UK, advertising and promotion of vaping products are restricted in order to not glamorize it, especially restricted to those targeting young people. 

Public places: Vaping products are restricted at some public places like restaurants and public transportation, according to their policies.