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Vaping resource hub

Vaping has been a key area of focus for CTSI this year, trying to navigate the challenges presented to Trading Standards teams nationally with non-compliant vapes flooding the UK market and the surge of underage sales. We have had some success in our efforts to bring some necessary attention to the issues surrounding vaping and have continued to call for more resources for Trading Standards and tougher regulations.

CTSI fully recognises that Trading Standards teams across the UK have been working tirelessly to combat the tidal wave of non-compliant vapes being sold by retailers and responding to the growing issue of underage sales.

With such an overwhelming amount of information on vaping out there, we have created a Vaping Hub which we hope will be a one-stop-shop for all of the information, latest news and resources on vaping that you need.

What is CTSI calling for?

There are a several changes CTSI would like to see:

Keep vaping products out of reach of children and out-of-sight behind the counter.

Tougher regulations on marketing and packaging of vapes to reduce appeal to children and young people.

Move to a registration scheme similar to that seen in Scotland. As of April 2011, it became illegal for retailers to sell tobacco and nicotine vaping products without being registered – in order to be able to sell vaping products retailers would have to be registered. As we have seen that the majority of sales to those under the age of sale and of illegal vaping products have been in shops like mobile phone stores and convenience stores, a mandatory registration scheme might help to reduce the sale of vaping products in shops that are less likely to comply with regulations.

The penalty for selling vaping products to people under the age of sale currently stands at £2,500, this clearly is not working well enough as a deterrent and should be increased with a progressive aspect for repeat offenders.

Additional funding and resources for Trading Standards to effectively carry out enforcement work.

You can view CTSI's policy statement on vaping here

You can view potential policy options for disposable vapes (Co-written by CTSI, ASH and Material Focus) here

Webinar: CTSI Spotlight on…Vaping

In March CTSI hosted Spotlight on…Vaping, a webinar for members where we brought together key experts to discuss all things vape related and gave our members the opportunity to ask our experts some questions.

The webinar covered:

  • How to minimise the appeal of vaping to children and young people
  • What can we do to address non-compliance of vape products
  • Addressing challenges around the supply chain
  • Educating businesses and consumers on risks
  • Proceeds of Crime Act IP and counterfeiting issues relating to vaping

Webinar: CTSI Spotlight on…Vaping - next steps

Following the recent government announcements concerning vaping and the sale of tobacco, we hosted a second vaping webinar in October. We heard from a variety of key experts to discuss the latest government proposals and what this will mean for enforcement moving forward. There was also an opportunity for members to ask our speakers questions. Members can use the link below to access the slides and the recordings of both Spotlight on...Vaping webinars.

Topics we covered:

  • Government proposals - what’s next for enforcement?
  • Youth access to vapes
  • Banning single-use vapes
  • Exploring other options
  • Recycling and the environmental issue
  • The industry’s take

Members can access the webinar footage, slides, information about the speakers and answers to the Q&A here

Other resources

Youth vaping - call for evidence (added 8 June)

Contact list of brand protection reps

ASH brief for local authorities on youth vaping

GOV.UK blog: Clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes

Vaping and IP rights infringement (CTSI members only)

WEEE Guidance

WEEE - retailer and distributor obligations

WEEE - electricals recycling guidance

Vapes recycling poster

Material Focus - vapes briefing

Contact information for enquiries or intelligence sharing:

weee.safetyandstandards@beis.gov.uk – for waste electricals
batteriestakeback@beis.gov.uk – for battery take back

Resources for businesses - ACS (Association of Convenience Stores)

Testing labs/destruction companies

De-struct UK

UKAS accredited independent third-party lab - Inter-Scientific

CTSI news coverage around vaping

CTSI welcomes Government announcement on vaping (11 April 2023)

CTSI welcomes Government proposals to tackle challenges around vaping (9 April 2023)

CTSI welcomes LGA’s call for stronger rules to prevent underage vape sales (11 February 2023)

Illicit vapes top list of high street threats (19 January 2023)

Media coverage

Some ‘nicotine-free’ vapes high in addictive substances, tests reveal | The Guardian

Vapes with as much nicotine as 100 cigarettes sold illegally to girl, 13, in one day | Mirror Online

A third of vapes sold on high street are illegal, Trading Standards warns | Daily Mail Online

Generation Vape: how children got hooked on e-cigarettes | The Times (subscription required)

CTSI Lead Officer Kate Pike on BBC Radio 4's Today programme

CTSI CEO John Herriman on BBC Breakfast

Channel 4 News

BBC News

The Grocer

If you have any information you would like added to the vaping hub, please contact georgiec@tsi.org.uk

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