The UK is, as far as we are aware, the only country in the world where e-cigarettes are comprehensively and effectively regulated at this time. The UK is currently the most forward-thinking and vape-friendly region in the world.
E-cigarettes are classified as consumer products in Northern Ireland, and are permitted to be used freely both indoors and outdoors in public places, except for in government buildings such as hospitals, schools, airports, etc (unless inside a designated smoking area).
Northern Ireland has a thriving vaping scene and retail stores can be found mainly in Belfast, with a smaller number of shops in other areas of the country.
Northern Ireland abides by the EU TPD, and as such, nicotine content of e-liquid must be less than or equal to 20mg/mL, single use e-cigarettes as well as e-cigarette tanks must not exceed 2mL, and volume of refill bottles must not exceed 10mL.
The UK aim to lower smoking rates to 12% by 2022, and with the upcoming Brexit there are reports that the UK will remove the EU TPD regulations to aid further in the growth of the e-cigarette industry, along with the Department of Health re-examining the possible regulation of e-cigarette products as official smoking cessation devices.
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The United Kingdom became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on March 16, 2005.
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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.