Help Protect Vaping in Ireland
As you may be aware, in May of this year electronic cigarettes are to be regulated under Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40(EU) Article 20. Although ezSmoke as a founding member of Irish Vape Vendors Associaton (IVVA) welcome proper & proportionate regulation there is much that we disagree with the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
In summary, these are the main aspects of the TPD with which we have issue with:
(1) Limiting size of e-juice containers to 10ml *
(2) Limiting the size of tanks or clearomizers to 2ml *
(3) Limiting the strength of nicotine containing liquids to 20mg/ml (2%) nicotine*
(5) “Leak free” filling mechanism
(6) Notification regime (which could be very costly)
(7) A ban on almost all advertising sponsorship and promotion of e-cigarettes
(8) Possible ban on internet sales
The items marked with an asterisk (*) above are concrete measures set in stone so to speak, and there is little or no room for interpretation with these. These measures will have a serious impact for many people who vape. If you wish to read more on how these measures will have a serious effect on vaping in Ireland / EU we recommend reading Clive Bates analysis of same at http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3026
The Irish Government / Department of Health held a consultation process of sorts late last year and we await an announcement on how Ireland will implement the more discretionary aspects of Article 20 and the TPD. The UK have released their draft implementation of the TPD, and where ecigs are concerned it can be said that the UK have taken a “light touch” approach.
What can you do?
As you are no doubt aware, we are in the middle of a General Election campaign. If you feel that ecigs / vaping have made a difference to your life, we urge you to let your local candidates know this, and to advocate & educate your local candidates on the positive aspects of ecigs and let them know if vaping has improved your life & health. Ask them, their views on electronic cigarettes, and whether they support light touch regulation.
We do welcome regulation, but poor regulation could result in ecigs becoming more difficult to get hold of than real cigarettes, and that is just wrong on so many levels.
Director of ezSmoke, Declan Connolly was asked to participate in a discussion on eCigs yesterday on Newstalk. Link to podcast below. Discussion starts about 10 minutes in.
from today’s Irish Times
As a word, vaping has yet to achieve common currency, but it is getting there. Short for vapourising, it describes the process whereby nicotine is inhaled into the body by those who smoke electronic cigarettes.
These e-cigarettes, as they are known, have gone from being a curiosity a couple of years ago to a near-ubiquitous presence in convenience shops and garages.
Increasingly, in pubs and clubs the little red or blue glow of e-cigarettes is replacing what was once the fug of cigarette smoke.
E-cigarettes were first introduced in China in 2004, the same year that Ireland introduced the workplace smoking ban.
As smoking restrictions increase with every passing year around the world, they have become more popular.
The battery-powered devices let users inhale nicotine-infused vapours. These e-cigarettes use a vapour to deliver the nicotine hit to users.
Crucially, there is no tar, carbon monoxide or any of the other chemicals that make cigarettes such a deadly product.
Full article available here (ezSmoke.ie even get a small mention!) – http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/jury-is-still-out-on-whether-vaping-is-the-best-way-to-give-up-the-smokes-1.1441172
The 510 T (Tank) eCigarette is now available to buy from Ireland’s Electronic Cigarette Supplier, EZ Smoke.ie
The NEW 510-T Starter Kit is the latest innovation which utilizes a “Tank” system to deliver the E-Liquid to the atomizer rather than Poly Filled Cartridges.
Some benefits to the 510-T Starter Kit are:
- Less Refilling!
- Great Vapour!
- Small and Compact.
- Sleek Design..
510-T atomizers are compatible with all 510 threaded e-cigs
Currently available in very fashionable Barbara Red, with more colours coming soon.
This 510-T is the perfect ecigarette for those who do not like the more bulky Ego type setup, and yet at the same time wish to experience the clean Tankomizer type system normally reserved for larger devices.
Read more at http://www.ezsmoke.ie/automatic-starter-berbara-p-186.html