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Political & Regulatory Activities

Political & Regulatory Activities

Speaking up for vaping

The UKVIA has been working hard to advocate the potential public health impact of vaping to government, MPs, peers and public health bodies.

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Vaping

The independent cross-party group of members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords was set up to debate and explore the role of vaping in smoking cessation and vaping regulation more broadly.

Leading the way on preventing under age sales

The UKVIA has teamed up with Trading Standards in a drive to prevent the under-age sales of vaping products across the country.

Supporting the international vaping sector

The UKVIA has been supporting trade bodies and vaping industries in a number of countries on policy and regulatory matters...

A Blueprint for Better Regulation

The UKVIA put together its blueprint for how the UK Government could seize the opportunity of Brexit to forge an independent regulatory path.

Speaking up for vaping

The UKVIA has been working hard to advocate the potential public health impact of vaping to government, MPs, peers and public health bodies.

Activities have included:

Appearing as a witness before the Science and Technology Select Committee in the House of Commons, as part of the inquiry into e-cigarettes. You can see the video of our evidence here. You can also see the UKVIA’s written evidence here.

Providing industry submissions to key consultations, including:

Making a compelling case for the opportunities that vaping represents in the UK for health, business and the wider economy as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy consultation

Responding to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s consultation to advocate that medical practitioners should recommend vaping for smokers looking to quit.

Directly engaging with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the former Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU), as well as executive agencies including Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), on the importance of promoting vaping products to smokers and key industry challenges.

Undertaking wider stakeholder engagement by liaising with and briefing key bodies and organisations, including the Local Government Association, Cancer Research UK, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Chartered Institute of Trading Standards, and many more.

Responding to the Covid-19 crisis by working hard to ensure that vape shops could open again as soon as possible following the closure of non-essential retail when the country went into lockdown.

Contributing to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consultation on Safer Working Guidance for when COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Engaging with the Chancellor to ask that he looks again at the rate of VAT that is charged on vaping products so there is parity with the VAT rate of 5% for NRT products.

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Vaping

The independent cross-party group of members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords was set up to debate and explore the role of vaping in smoking cessation and vaping regulation more broadly.

Amongst other topics, it has looked at:

– Vaping in public places;

– The Department of Health’s approach to vaping regulation following the Tobacco Control Plan;

Meetings are often arranged with Parliamentarians, the public health community, Trading Standards and consumers to focus on public health attitudes to vaping and the vaping regulatory landscape.

The APPG has launched the following reports:

– State of the Vaping Nation: includes a number of priority recommendations to the Government, detailed reports of evidence sessions, contributions from key stakeholders and an examination of public attitudes to vaping. Read the report here.

– Vaping in workplaces and public places (2018): includes a review of vaping policies in workplaces and public locations, as well as evidence-based recommendations on vaping in public to stakeholders ranging from employers, public health bodies and vapers themselves. Read the report here.

– Inquiry into the FCTC Conference of the Parties 9 (COP9)

– UK Tobacco Harm Reduction Opportunities Post-Brexit Inquiry 

Leading the way on preventing under age sales of vape products

The UKVIA has teamed up with Trading Standards in a drive to prevent the under-age sales of vaping products across the country.

The Association with the support of Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards has published the Underage Sales Assured Guide – the first of its kind published by the vaping industry.

Despite regular use of e-cigarettes amongst youths remains low, the vaping industry has taken the initiative with the publication of the guidance for retailers to ensure everything possible is being done by shops and online retail operations to stop the sale of vape products to minors.

The Guide covers current vaping age legislation in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; use and best practice enforcement of the Challenge 25 rule; and dealing with the issue of proxy purchasing where an adult buys on behalf of someone under 18. It also advises on different forms of ID that can be accepted and methods of deception to be aware of; as well as points to consider with digital age verification.

Please see link to the Guide here

Supporting the international vaping sector

The UKVIA has been supporting trade bodies and vaping industries in a number of countries on policy and regulatory matters, including Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Ireland and South Africa.

The Association has regular meetings to discuss key issues arising with the likes of Vape Business Ireland, Independent European Vape Alliance and VITA in Canada.