Smoking Laws Get Tougher
Get to grips with the smoking laws being enforced on 20th May.
Published: Friday 12 May 2017
Scientists are conducting intensive research on how cigarettes and smoking affects us and the environment. With each passing year, there are changes in legislation, product packaging and marketing alternatives. The latest news in the constant tug of war between the profit-obsessed tobacco corporations and the health campaigners is a small step towards healthier lungs in UK smokers.
The new smoking laws were passed to discourage young people from starting to smoke. They come into effect on the 20th of May, so become familiar with the changes before then to avoid gaffes.
- You will not be able to buy a pack of 10 cigarettes. The idea is that the production of larger and more expensive packs will dissuade people from taking up smoking.
- Smaller packs of cigarettes will be outlawed completely
- Shops are banned from selling 10g or 20g packets of tobacco
- Tobacco packs of 30g will be the new minimum, forcing you to spend more at one time
- Cigarettes with a flavour are banned. This includes flavours of fruit, vanilla, alcohol, spice, herbs, and candy.
- All packs will have plain, opaque couche - a hideous, muddy green colour - packaging
- Menthol cigarettes are being phased out slowly and will eventually be discontinued
With the laws changing every few years and the drain on your bank account, it is no wonder that studies have found that more than half of UK vapers have quit smoking tobacco. The changes were put in place to make smoking less appealing to young people.
When it comes to e-cigarettes, these laws apply:
- Promotion, sponsorship or vaping adverts are almost completely banned
- All e-cigs should have a nicotine concentration of less than 20mg/ml. Any more would have to be licenced as a medication and controlled by strict regulations such as those for over-the-counter medicines.
- All additives including vitamins, caffeine, taurine and colouring are banned
Breaching these laws could land you in jail for up to 2 years. You could bypass these and any future changes to legislation by quitting smoking altogether. Much less headache.
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