Congratulations vaping enthusiasts! A new bill has been proposed to exclude the entire vaping industry from the TPD regulations! That’s all great until we look further at what this bill is and how and where it was proposed.
Sir Christopher Chope put forth this new bill (thank you Mr. Chope). However, this is not a standard bill; rather, it’s a Private Members’ Bill. If you don’t know what that means, allow us to explain.
These bills are oftentimes put forth by various politicians. Unfortunately though, these politicians are not representatives of the government. These bills essentially create an occasion whereby government policy is discussed due to a lack of attention it has received in the House of Commons. Though e-cigarettes and vaping have been discussed in the House of Commons several months ago, it has been quiet ever since. Additionally, according to the IBVTA, these bills aren’t really taken seriously.
So why are we still impressed? Great question!
It’s no secret that the vaping industry within the UK is one of the largest in the world. With over 3 million vapers, it’s kind of hard to ignore. Many bills like these that are put forth are just discussions, and often die in the ‘debate room’. However, while everyone says it’s unlikely, we’re under the impression that there’s a decent outside shot that the government takes this specific bill seriously. Even if the IBVTA doesn’t expect this bill to pass (which they don’t), it’s an important step forward for the vaping industry because of its sheer size. Can the government continue to keep this issue as just a debate? This is more unlikely than this bill not passing.
While we won’t prematurely celebrate on this one, it’s still a win. We’ll take it.
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