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The New Nicotine Alliance is calling out to vapers to get involved in shaping government policy

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The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) is calling out to vapers to get involved in shaping government policy. The NNA is a consumer charity working on behalf of all who consume nicotine using novel products like e-cigs. The things you can get involved with include the Scottish and Welsh consultations, an independent review, and Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hunt for suggestions.

The NNA says: “There has been a lot of activity early in 2022 surrounding tobacco and nicotine policy in the UK, and responses from the public are invited for some of them. We hope that you will take the opportunity to make your voices heard.

“The most powerful voice for policymakers is the public, so you can make a difference by speaking up in a polite and constructive manner.”

The Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is consulting in advance of its tobacco control strategy.

The NNA says: “Sadly, there is very little mention of vaping or harm reduction except in a negative way. We hope consumers will respond with their stories and emphasise how important reduced risk products will be if the Senedd aspires to a smoke-free Wales by 2030.”

The closing date is Thursday 31st March, details on the consultation are in the NNA’s tweet here:

The Scottish Government

The NNA says the Scottish government’s proposals are “worrying as they threaten to make vape products effectively invisible and would mean Scotland having the most draconian advertising regulations for vaping products in Europe”.

The closing date is 28th April, and the NNA has produced a guide with full details on how to respond here.

Independent tobacco review

The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced an independent review in February. The NNA has already written to set out how it believes tobacco harm reduction can help more smokers quit and contribute to the Smokefree 2030 goal.

You can email Javed Khan OBE at [email protected]. “He is expected to publish his report on 22nd April so be quick to make your suggestions.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg calls for EU regulations to be abolished

The NNA states: “Last month, newly appointed Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, Jacob Rees-Mogg, wrote an article in The Sun newspaper inviting the public to suggest petty regulations that should be abolished now that the United Kingdom has left the EU.

“The NNA suggested three regulations to be abandoned which we believe would make life easier for millions of UK vapers and help the government in its goal of achieving smokefree status for the UK by 2030.

You can make suggestions by emailing him at [email protected].

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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