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Vape Protection Alliance: Fundraising To Fight Government

Vape businesses are coming together to fundraise £75,000 in order to challenge the government’s threat to vaping and vape flavours

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Vape businesses are coming together to fundraise £75,000 in order to challenge the government’s threat to vaping and vape flavours. The crowd funding campaign has already raised £30,070 from 30 pledges and has enough money to contract a King's Counsel Barrister (KC) to provide expert legal advice. There are less than 25 days remaining for businesses to contribute to saving flavours for the sector.

The UK Conservative Government recently announced its intention to create a “smokefree generation” by banning disposables, limiting in-store vape displays, and restricting flavours to just four options of tobacco, menthol, mint, and “fruit”. The Vape Protection Alliance says this “has left the UK Vape Industry in a state of uncertainty.”

The Vape Protection Alliance says that concerns have been raised due to the lack of a coherent plan and the absence of clear timelines.

The premise of protecting children is based on data showing increased youth access to vape products. However, the proposed ban on disposable vapes and additional restrictions such as limiting flavours overlooks the significant consequences. This oversight endangers hundreds of legitimate businesses and perpetuates the misconception that vaping is equally harmful as smoking,” it says.

Robert Sidebottom, the Managing Director of Arcus Compliance Ltd, says on the fundraising page: “I have been involved in the vape industry for 8 years in the theatres of regulatory compliance and formerly vape manufacturing. I watched a very close friend of mine die of a smoking related cancer and like many in our industry I firmly believe that vaping products save lives. Arcus Compliance are heading up the Vape Protection Alliance on behalf of a significant core of UK vape businesses to ensure sensible regulation and for the benefit of millions of smokers who are yet to switch to the significantly safer alternative of vaping.”

The first phase of the fundraiser was to hit £15,000, which was swiftly achieved. This money is being used to engage the services of the KC Barrister for advice on “the best course of action to challenge the Government appropriately”.

The Vape Protection Alliance says: “Our case has the potential to make a significant difference to the hundreds of legitimate vape business in the UK, while also saving lives by ensuring that these life-changing vape products remain an attractive accessible product to adult former smokers.

“It is important to note that supporters of this action are not looking to prevent a ban of disposable vape products but to work with the government on sensible measures and timescales to phase them out, ensure former smokers have access to a broad range of flavours, prevent the illegal market from growing any further and to assist the Government in forming more sensible regulations such as putting vape products into a licensing scheme.”


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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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