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My Father died prematurely at 63 due to a smoking related illness and as a 20 -30 a day smoker at the time I decided that I did not want this to happen to me so I tried to quit. I tried on my own first by using gum and patches but was not successful. I joined a stop smoking group at my local GP’s Surgery without success. I was at my wits end. Then a friend suggested I tried (a very new at the time) E-cigarette. I did and I stopped smoking over night! That was over 6 and a half years ago, solely due to using a E-cigarette (Vaping Device). These things are an incredible invention, the science is in – they are much, much safer as investigated by the Royal College of Physicians: (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotine-without-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0) I now cannot stand the smell or taste of tobacco and will never smoke again as long as I can vape. I have lost count of how many success stories I have read, of people, like myself, who smoked for many years but have been able to stop smoking and are now enjoying health benefits, solely due to vaping (often also after having previously tried every other possible way to stop smoking). There are now nearly 3 million people vaping in the UK with numbers growing very rapidly. The potential is that the health benefits of vaping could save the NHS a massive amount of money. Any negative changes regarding vaping would cause me immense sadness, as vaping is clearly something much healthier. Many small businesses have emerged in the last few years, selling vaping equipment and liquids, and these small businesses have nothing to do with the Big Tobacco companies.
However now the efficacy of vaping products has been severely curtailed by Article 20 of the TPD (SI 2015/507) dreamt up in Brussels posing draconian measures on Vaping Products. The main ones being: 1.Limiting nicotine strengths available for retail to 20mg strength. Many vapers will tell you that they started vaping at strengths above this level in order to curb the craving of a cigarette. This limit greatly reduces the chance for someone to kick the cigarette habit. After initially starting at a higher nicotine level many vapers drop down to lower levels with many reducing right down to zero nicotine and either continuing to vape to enjoy the various liquid flavours, or stopping vaping altogether. Currently there are around 280,000 Vapers using liquids at greater than 20mg strength to keep them off of tobacco. 2. Limiting the available size of liquid refill containers to 10ml when many Vapers buy the liquids in 30 or 50ml sizes (all with child resistant caps). This has the perverse effect of: a) Having to store more bottles increasing the chance that a child may get hold of one. b) Increasing the waste produced from empty bottles. c) A 10ml bottle is a choking hazard for a small child. There are an order of magnitude more hospital admissions in the UK from adults and children drinking cleaning products than there are for drinking vaping liquid, yet these products are not limited to 10ml size. Vaping devices (E-cigarettes) have created an incredible fuss in the Public Health community though, I think many were just scared of the unknown – one of the consequences is the drafting, and now enacting of the rules which pretty much destroy the ecig market. They have made the rules so burdensome that even now, after the law has nominally come into force in the UK. there is no way to notify products so they can be sold. This letter to No. 10 gives a flavour of the mess which has been made: nnalliance.org/images/resources/NNAPMMay2016.pdf It is a potential public health disaster, lives will be lost if it is allowed to continue, and the Lords has a chance to stop it. Lord Callanan has tabled this motion: “to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, laid before the House on 22 April, be annulled on the grounds that its restrictions on product choice and advertising of vaping devices were devised before evidence had accumulated that vaping was enabling many people to quit smoking, run counter to advice from the Royal College of Physicians to promote vaping and are so severe that they could force vapers back to smoking and create a black market with harmful products (SI 2015/507).” I cannot comply with the law if it goes forward, I really do not want to smoke again – I will turn to the black market, I don’t see how that is making me safer? I don’t see how that is helping me. Please support Lord Callanan, this law is going to cause harm, it must be stopped! If you would like any further information, anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I cannot send any more (6 max per person) so it's over to YOU (those that have not done this already). Don't just leave it to the few to defend your right to Vape.
The benefit is that it will keep your costs down and you will not have the inconvenience of the 10ml bottle and 2ml tanks, maximum 20mg nicotine juices. It will also show those in Brusels that the UK can stand up to them.
Once you have your letter draughted you only need to cut and paste it to the recipients. Please do it. It's a half hour of your time that will pay you back many times over if we can get the TPD annulled.