What will happen with vaping in 2016?
One of the closest-to-home and most significant events around vaping in 2016 will undoubtedly be the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The TPD is essentially a series of regulations that will come into play on 20th May of this year that will apply to all nicotine products and e-cigarettes. Some of the biggest problems this would introduce include a ban on nearly all advertising of vape products, a limit on nicotine strengths of 2 per cent, and warnings on juices and kits similar to those you would find on cigarette packs – to name a few.
While the main goal of the TPD is to cut down on tobacco use throughout Europe, the regulations that include e-cigarette products may have a counter effect by limiting vaping and potentially restricting people who would otherwise use these products to help with smoking cessation.
The situation overseas is hardly any better. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA filed its final round of regulations in October of last year to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which leaves 90 days (or more) until the final regulations are announced and made official.
The most we know about the proposals are from a draft version published early last year. Between then and now, the FDA reviewed feedback and revised the proposals, kept them a secret, then sent them off to the OMB. Even though we don’t know just how much changed in the revision round, it’s safe to say the draft was daunting enough.
The main concern is a ‘grandfathering date’ for vape product retailers. The proposals suggest that any retailer who was selling their product prior to 15th February 2007, can continue selling – and perhaps just update any other regulations that come through, such as health warnings on the labels. For anyone selling vape products after that date (ie. Basically everyone), there will be major difficulties remaining in the market. The regulations are in no way finalised, but when they do come through, it’s likely they will have a huge effect on American vaping.
It seems that every other week, a new study on e-cigarettes is released to the world. As more and more people jump on board the debate on both sides, each piece becomes hotly contested and argued over.
There’s no doubt that 2016 will continue in the same trend with more studies, more research, and more results. Even though we might have to contest much of the negative publicity, we’re looking forward to sharing the pro-vaping results, too.
Similarly, we expect more people to try and take up vaping. Between 2013 and 2014, the number of American teens who tried a vape device tripled. ‘Vape’ was Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2014, and in 2015, 15 per cent of American adults under the age of 40 are vapers.
With the NHS announcing e-cigarettes as a prescription medicine for those who want help with smoking cessation, as well as more and more media attention, we have no doubt that 2016 will see many few fans of the vape.