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From February 2022, subscribers can view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts round-up section.

7th December 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: In a House of Commons debate today on health inequalities, Labour MP Andrew Gwynne asked if the government was going to deliver a number of promised health-related strategies, including the tobacco control plan. Conservative Bob Blackman also asked when the plan would be delivered. Without giving specifics, junior health minister Neil O’Brien replied: “Whatever format our next steps forward are set out in, we will be pushing forward very quickly and aggressively on this.” He added that the government was also supporting “a future medically licensed vaping product as a quitting aid” and would be “pressing forward at the greatest speed”.

7th December 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The Office for National Statistics yesterday published its annual dataset on the proportion of adults in Great Britain who use e-cigarettes. The figures for daily vapers in 2021 were up on those in 2020 for both men (4.7% to 6.4%) and women (3% to 3.5%). The number of daily vapers who were not smoking increased for men from 0.5% in 2020 to 1.2% in 2021, but fell among women from 0.5% to 0.2%.

5th December 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: On 2nd December, Rotherham Council announced that Trading Standards and the police have seized over 5,000 illegal vapes with an estimated retail value of around £50k. The authorities visited 20 retailers, finding that 19 had non-compliant products on sale.
5th December 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Nottinghamshire Police issued a closure order to a Stanton Hill convenience store after having received multiple complaints about the store, including about selling vaping products to under-age customers. The shop will be closed for a minimum of three months and the order will also trigger a mandatory licencing review. Councillor John Cottee, cabinet member for communities at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The sale of age restricted products to children and illegal vaping products not only harms honest local businesses, but it also affects our local communities through associated health risks and anti-social behaviour."
5th December 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Kent County Council announced that Trading Standards inspected six retailers in the Canterbury area, with support from Kent Police and Canterbury City Council, to check the compliance of disposable e-cigarettes on 1st December. In total, 755 illegal vapes were seized that were either over the legal size or were otherwise illegal.
30th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Rebecca Pow, junior minister with responsibility for waste and resources, yesterday told a backbench debate on the environmental impact of disposable vapour products that the government had no immediate plans to ban disposables, but that it was concerned about their increased availability and improper disposal. “We are reviewing the current producer responsibility system for waste electricals and batteries, and plan to publish consultations on both areas next year,” Pow said. She said the current Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations were developed when the vaping industry was in its infancy, so the government would consider if the legislation required amendment to ensure that the vaping sector played its part in properly financing the cost of collection and treatment of the products when they become waste.

29th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Research commissioned by the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) shows that in 2021 the UK vaping industry directly contributed £401m and 8,215 full-time jobs, or equivalent, to the economy. It also found that the total saving in healthcare costs as a result of smokers switching to vaping in 2019 was £322m. UKVIA director general John Dunne said: “We hope the publication of this economic impact assessment will give politicians, regulators and health professionals the hard data to allow them to support vaping even more.”

28th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: 18 environment and health groups – including Green Alliance, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Marine Conservation Society and the RSPCA – have demanded that the government ban the sale of single-use e-cigarettes for environmental and health reasons. The open letter references a study showing that at least 1.3m disposable e-cigarettes are thrown away every week. Libby Peake, head of resource policy at Green Alliance, said: “We need to be moving towards durable and reusable products designed sustainably, not inventing new ways to cause harm to the wildlife and wasting valuable resources. Ministers must act swiftly to ban disposable vapes to protect young people and our environment from this new and entirely avoidable threat.”
28th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Sandwell Council Trading Standards announced that it has seized 574 non-compliant vaping devices. Trading Standards throughout the country have been inspecting vape shops to enhance compliance with e-cigarette product requirements and age restrictions.
24th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Asked if and when the long-anticipated Tobacco Control Plan might be published, junior health minister Lord Markham told the Lords (Parliament’s upper house) the government was “taking stock” of whether a fresh tobacco control plan was the best way to respond to the recommendations in the Khan review. The same view was shared a few days earlier in the House of Commons by junior minister Neil O’Brien, bringing into question the future of the plan.

22nd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Warwickshire Trading Standards officers have carried out test purchases of e-cigarettes at 13 vape stores, using a 15-year-old volunteer, the county council has reported. All retailers asked for ID, but at one store, which remains under investigation, a sale “was nearly made”.

22nd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Oxfordshire County Council announced yesterday that two businesses in the county had been prosecuted for selling disposable e-cigarettes to children, following investigations by Trading Standards officers. One store was fined £666 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £67 and the council’s full costs of £2,124. The other was fined £600 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and a contribution of £1,000 towards the council’s costs. A third retailer is due in court in January over selling an e-cigarette to a minor and for continuing to sell e-cigarettes in non–compliant packaging following a warning.

21st November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: When asked if the government will use the data on adult smoking habits by the Office for National Statistics for the Tobacco Control Plan, a junior health secretary, Neil O'Brien, said: "Should a new Plan be published, it will be informed by the most recent Office for National Statistics information on adult smoking habits in the United Kingdom." The future of the Tobacco Control Plan will also be tackled on 23rd November in the House of Lords where Lord Faulkner of Worcester will ask when the government intends to publish it and if it is still committed to achieving the smoke-free goal by 2030.
17th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK - Guernsey: Guernsey's Stop Smoking Service will be offering free rechargeable vape starter kits to smokers aged 18 and over to support them in smoking cessation. E-cigarettes will be offered in conjunction with free advice and/or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
16th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Tower Hamlets Council in London has announced the seizure by Trading Standards officers of 8,817 g of “illicit banned smokeless tobacco” as well as 640 counterfeit and “potentially dangerous” e-cigarettes that exceeded the nicotine cap.

16th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: West Northamptonshire Council has announced that Trading Standards carried out test purchases in eight vape shops in October. Six shops correctly asked for ID and refused a sale to a 16-year-old girl when she could not produce any, while two shops didn’t. The two retailers now face further investigation. This follows previous inspections in April and August when two out of 18 shops visited sold e-cigarettes to a 16-year-old girl.

15th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Barking and Dagenham Council has reported the seizure of over 500 illicit disposable vapour products from two local shops by the London borough’s Trading Standards department. Both retailers were given written warnings and will continue to be monitored by council officers, with the threat of prosecution if they carry on selling the products.

15th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced that its Trading Standards team has seized 5,000 illegal e-cigarettes, worth around £66,000, since April. It said the confiscated products exceeded the 2 ml tank volume limit equivalent to “approximately 650 puffs” and were incorrectly labelled. Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “Our team regularly carry out inspections and test purchases to check that premises are following their legal requirements.”

15th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Neil O’Brien has told MPs that the Department of Health and Social Care works with the Department of Education on communications to schools to prevent children from taking up vaping. “To raise awareness of the risks of vaping to children, we have updated information and advice online at the Better Health and Talk to Frank platforms,” O’Brien said.

7th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: When answering MPs questions, junior health secretary Neil O'Brien said that the department is considering extending the current e-cigarette framework to non-nicotine vaping products.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Today (3rd November) a debate on a motion on the independent review of smoke-free 2030 policies took place at the House of Commons. Junior health minister Neil O’Brien said that vaping is far less harmful than smoking and there is more that government could do to support smokers to switch. Member of Parliament Bob Blackman said that many recommendations made in the Khan review can be implemented though ministerial regulations and highlighted the need to secure necessary funding through a “polluter pays” levy that has bipartisan support.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday (2nd November) Steve Brine was newly elected as chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. Brine was a junior minister at the Department of Health and Social Care from 2017 to 2019 and has been supporting vaping as an alternative for smokers.
2nd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Neil O’Brien has said the Department of Health and Social Care is still considering the recommendations made in the Khan review, including those related to vaping. “We are also exploring how to support healthcare professionals to provide accurate information on the benefits of switching to vaping,” added O’Brien.

2nd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Answering a parliamentary question, Trudy Harrison, junior minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, said the department had not undertaken an assessment of the environmental impact of disposable e-cigarettes.

31st October 2022 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |
UK - Scotland: A shop in North Lanarkshire is being investigated by Trading Standards for reportedly selling vapour products to a 12-year-old, local media reports.
31st October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: After Walsall Council Trading Standards established that King’s Vapes and Smoking Shop in the centre of Walsall, West Midlands, sold vapour products to minors on several occasions, the retailer was fined £205 and ordered to pay costs of £416. Thakur Enterpreses Ltd, the trading company, was fined £833 and ordered to pay costs of £700.
27th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: According to the parliamentary agenda, the publication of the government’s Tobacco Control Plan will be discussed in the House of Lords on 23rd November.

27th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Northumbria Police has announced the seizure of 180 non-compliant vapour products in Newcastle and Gateshead. This was part of a wider inspection carried out together with Trading Standards officers after the police received a tip-off though they did not specify what made the seized products illegal.

26th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: New prime minister Rishi Sunak has reappointed Steve Barclay as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a role he previously held from 5th July to 6th September this year. The UK Vaping Industry Association said it was imperative that Barclay “reinstates the Health Disparities White Paper and commits to the publication of the Tobacco Control Plan this year, building on the Khan Review”.

26th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Caroline Johnson said yesterday that the government had not made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the level of fines for under-age sales of e-cigarettes. Under the regulations, if an individual is found guilty of selling nicotine inhaling products to anyone under 18, they may be fined up to £2,500. Johnson added that the recommendations made in the Khan review were still under consideration, including measures to prevent young people and non-smokers from starting to vape.

24th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The Lambeth Council of London will start providing free e-cigarettes to pregnant smokers or caregivers of young children, press reports. This decision is in line with NHS advice to pregnant women who are smokers.
21st October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday, junior health secretary, Caroline Johnson, said that the government is reviewing how the powers provided by the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill can be used. Should these be used for reforms to tobacco control, this will not reduce the current standards. "Maintaining patient safety and public health will remain paramount and the government continues to work with a range of organisations and stakeholders," added Johnson, whose prime minister Liz Truss resigned yesterday. We anticipate that this will further delay publication of the already overdue tobacco control plan.
20th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Junior health minister Caroline Johnson has said the Department of Health and Social Care is considering the recommendations made in the Khan review. This would include measures to help smokers switch to vaping, such as introducing positive messaging via packaging inserts and amending front labelling on nicotine vaping products. “The Department will continue to gather evidence on the potential merits of these measures and further information will be available in due course,” Johnson said, without addressing rumours that the department was planning to abandon its Tobacco Control Plan.

18th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Trading Standards seized nearly 500 non-compliant vapour products worth over £5,000 in Hartlepool, County Durham, local media reports. The products were seized because their tank size exceeded volume restrictions. Ian Harrison, the council’s trading standards and licensing manager, said that the disposable e-cigarettes had a tank size exceeding the 2 ml limit. "The rapid emergence and increasing popularity of disposable vapes has led to a number of illegal products entering the market," added Harrison.
11th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The long-awaited tobacco control plan may not be published after all, press reports. After its publication was delayed under the previous Conservative cabinet, there are now fears that new health secretary Thérèse Coffey will give up on it altogether. This follows an interview in which Coffey said she doesn’t have a personal view on smokefree policies.

5th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The City of York Council has launched a campaign until the end of the year, offering free support as well as free patches, gum and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to young people aged 12-17 who vape or smoke.

3rd October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Liverpool city councillors passed a motion to fight the rising number of young people vaping, local media reports. Focusing on the poorer areas of Liverpool, this entails cracking down on illegal sales to under-18s, identifying vape-addicted children in schools, and offering them support from the stop smoking service, Smoke Free Liverpool.
3rd October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Salford City Council has announced that over 77,000 illegal e-cigarettes have been seized from a business in Broughton (Greater Manchester). This was the 13th raid in a year, amounting to more than 120,000 non-compliant or counterfeit e-cigs seized, the value of which is estimated at £1.2m. The authority's spokesman stated: “Switching to vaping can help some smokers quit completely but we strongly discourage any non-smokers from taking up vaping, particularly young people.”
30th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The “Nicotine vaping in England: 2022 evidence update” was published today, reiterating that vaping poses a small fraction of the risks of smoking for both toxicant exposure and potential risks for causing nicotine dependence. The report states that there is a lack of evidence on whether flavours pose health risks, but also that cinnamaldehyde is a cause of concern and that the regulatory bodies should review its use in e-liquids.
28th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Asked about packaging restrictions on e-cigarettes, junior health minister Caroline Johnson said the Department of Health and Social Care was exploring whether any additional measures could be introduced to prevent children from vaping, including restrictions related to packaging. The Tobacco Control Plan which could set out these proposals is yet to be published.

28th September 2022 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |

UK - Scotland: The Scottish government published a report yesterday on the findings from the consultation on proposed restrictions on e-cigarette advertising . A total of 757 responses were submitted, mostly by individuals. The respondents were nearly equally divided on all issues: 51.5% opposed further restrictions on advertising, while 50.7% agreed that the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool should be limited and that exposure to them by non-smokers should be restricted.

28th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The consultation on the voluntary standard developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI), PAS 8855, on vape product quality, performance and safety issues ends today, 28th September.

22nd September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Answering a question about the management of e-cigarette waste, London mayor Sadiq Khan said Londoners can recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) at their local household waste recycling centre and that waste bins for small electrical devices had been introduced in communal bin stores, resulting in a 52% reduction in small electricals going into non-recycled waste from London flats. Lastly, Khan noted that all boroughs are encouraged to include the Flats Recycling Package in their reduction and recycling plans.

13th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Unofficial Elf Bar social media accounts that allegedly target minors had a 15% increase in followers between March and September, rising from 557,960 to over 650,000, according to Vape Club data reported by the media. However, the number of unofficial Elf Bar accounts selling the devices on TikTok has decreased from 205 in March to 53 in September. For the past year, ECigIntelligence has repeatedly reported on increased oversight of the market by Trading Standards.

8th September 2022 - Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom |
UK - Scotland: The Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, Maree Todd, said that vaping is concerning everyone. “We are seeing solid statistics coming through now that are showing that possibly up to 20% of our young people are vaping, and people are vaping who have never smoked.” She said that what’s needed is to strike a delicate balance between providing information on vaping as a potential method of cessation and protecting children and young people from unnecessary harm.
8th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Junior health secretary Maggie Throup said that the new Tobacco Control Plan will be published “in due course”.
6th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The National Health Service (NHS) today published figures showing that 9% of 11- to 15-year-olds vape, either regularly or occasionally, a 50% increase since 2018. A similar result was reported earlier this summer by the charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash). At the same time, the NHS reports that 3% of pupils are current cigarette smokers, down from 5% in 2018.

6th September 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: Responding to MPs’ questions about e-cigarettes and young people, junior health minister Maggie Throup said the Department of Health and Social Care is considering banning cartoon characters, images and flavour names which might be appealing to children. Throup added that the department was working with the Environment Agency to remind vape suppliers who place more than five tonnes of products on the UK market per year that they are obliged to register with the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme.

29th August 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Trading Standards in the city of Stoke-on-Trent has removed 3,338 illegal e-cigarettes, worth £43,394 from the market, since January 2022. The illegal products include those with tanks bigger than the 2 ml limit and incorrect health warnings. Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment, said that the team regularly carries out test purchases to check that premises are following their legal requirements. Meanwhile, Trading Standards in Herefordshire has seized over £24,000 worth of illegal disposable e-cigarettes and e-liquids over the last three months. The majority of the disposable products seized contained oversized tanks, with the most common type being 1,500 and 3,500 puff ‘bars’, but also those with 12,000 puffs, the announcement states. The tank limit is around 600 puffs.
19th August 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday, Cornwall Trading Standards stated on social media that one out of six inspected businesses sold a vape to an under-age test purchaser.