Tell Rees-Mogg What You Think

Posted 6th April 2022 by Dave Cross
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, has invited members of the public to give him suggestions of petty European Union regulations that could be abolished or changed. The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) has suggested changes to the way vaping is regulated and says vapers can send their ideas in to him too.

Writing in a national newspaper, Rees-Mogg asked for people, “to write to me and tell me of ANY petty old EU regulation that should be abolished”.

We have taken back control of laws and our destiny. We have taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way that is complete and unfettered destiny,” he continued. Adding that the country now has the ability to, “set our own standards, to innovate in the way that we want”.

I implore you all to write to me with the regulations you want abolished — those which make life harder for small businesses, which shut out competition, or simply increase the cost of operating. Through thousands of small changes, we can enact real economic change.”

The NNA took up Mr Rees-Mogg’s offer and made some suggestions. The consumer charity believes the changes “would make life easier for millions of UK vapers and also help the government in its goal of achieving smokefree status for the UK by 2030”:

  • Eliminate pointless restrictions on vaping tank and refill container sizes
  • Remove the 20mg/ml limit on the strength of nicotine e-liquid
  • Lift the EU-imposed ban on snus

The NNA told the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency: “As consumers, members have a direct interest in the regulation of these products and the personal and public health consequences of policy choices made by the government.”

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It continued: “The latest research by tobacco control organisation Action on Smoking and Health estimates that there are now 3.6 million vapers in Great Britain, two-thirds of whom have quit smoking entirely thanks to vaping products. This is despite regulations the UK government has had to adopt as a result of the EU Tobacco Products Directive which are not justified by any credible scientific evidence and only serve to be an irritant to people who vape, while also deterring smokers who might otherwise switch to safer products.

Abolishing the pointless EU-derived regulations detailed below would not only be popular by making life easier for millions of UK vapers but would also help the government in its goal of achieving smokefree status for the UK by 2030.”

The New Nicotine Alliance’s letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg MP can be read in full here: https://nnalliance.org/images/Letter_to_Rt_Hon_Jacob_Rees-Mogg_March_2022.pdf


 Dave Cross
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