We Vape1 says: “The UK Government has now launched its consultation2 into vaping and tobacco products.”
Mark Oates, who set up We Vape, commented: “Vaping around the world is under threat. The EU have just released a plan to tax it just as they do with cigarettes, they also want to ban flavours, and vaping outdoors in public places. We cannot let these kind of policies happen in the UK. It is not only an infringement on our rights to use a safer alternative to smoking but will also lead to far less people making the switch and therefore more smoking deaths in the long term.
“It is very rare that we have an opportunity like this to make our voice heard and so please don't miss this chance and if you can let your vaping friends know about the consultation. If you are on social media spread the word by posting about the consultation on your pages or forums. Thank you for all your help keeping vaping safe.”
We Vape says: “It is vital that as many vapers as possible respond to the consultation.” In order to assist vapers to take part, it has created a guide:
The deadline for submissions is the 19th March 2021.
It says the TRPR review will lead to a overhaul of the laws applying to vaping and other alternative nicotine products. Yet, despite a supportive government, “pressure from other countries around the world and in particular the World Health Organisation could see the UK’s position change.”
It is this worry about the influence others could exert on the final outcome that drives We Vape’s desire for vapers to get involved: “One of the strongest messages vapers can send is about how vaping has impacted your life, therefore it is essential that vapers use this review process effectively.”
“This consultation provides a unique opportunity to have your voice heard and to share your thoughts on how vaping should be regulated. We Vape are here to support all vapers and ensure that your voices are heard and listened to by the Government. Therefore, We Vape has created a handy guide3 to the consultation questions relevant to vaping and some suggestions of what you might include in your response.”
- We Vape – https://we-vape.org/
- Tobacco and related products legislation introduced between 2015 to 2016: reviewing effectiveness - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tobacco-and-related-products-legislation-introduced-between-2015-to-2016-reviewing-effectiveness
- We Vape’s guide to answering the questions - http://we-vape.org/trprconsultation/