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Once again we have Chris Ashton's Take on the TPD as a regular vaper here is his opinion!
Hello fellow vapers.
This time I thought I would write about something which has been on the lips of many MANY vapers across Europe but not all of you may know what it is, or what it means for you. That wonderful abbreviation, the TPD.
What is the TPD you ask? It stands for the Tobacco product directive, which straight away shows you why vapers are so against it. That word, tobacco, the one we have all given up and threw in the bin, yet here is the EU no less making directives which includes products which are clearly not made out of tobacco in any way. Essentially it is a list of directives proposed by EU members which would govern how both tobacco and electronic products on the market. The thing is a big booklet of things which most of it would bore you or me but it is the specific E cigarette part that sticks out for the community. To be honest I hate that term, ‘e-cigarette’. Horrible term, shame we can’t call them Evapes or something along those lines. Sorry, I’m digressing here haha. The TPD then, this is what it means in general sense.
Bottles and tanks to have maximum capacities.
Start off with a minor one. The TPD states all bottles will have a maximum capacity of 10 mils and tanks have a maximum of 2 mils. The bottle thing, not as much an issue but the tank thing, I can’t think of a tank I have ever owned that had anywhere near that amount. This would mean buying tanks such as subtanks, crowns, cleitos etc would not be able to be sold in the open market, meaning you would have to order them in overseas, and take the lottery of them turning up or not in a months’ time. The general thinking behind this is in case people drink it or it leaks, but 6 years of no real reported danger of drinking liquid has happened, perhaps one. Either way it is petty and a waste of time.
Liquid no Stronger than 20mg
Not a major issue this if I am being honest. The majority of people who vape normally go as high as 18mg so it isn’t very common to have anyone over this amount. That being said, limiting that option in a directive such as this would be ridiculously pointless. It closes the avenue of vaping for real heavy smokers which is an issue for the true motivation behind vaping being championed.
Childproof locks on tanks and bottles
Again this is just a simple thing that is thrown in for the sake of it. All the bottles ship with childproof locks anyway, hell one bottle brand I bought I struggled to get it off never mind my children! So that is already in action because people who sell the liquid have common sense. The tank thing again is just going too far I believe. I know kanga recently brought a tank out called CPL or CPT which was essentially that, child proof lock tank. However this impacts on design of tanks for us grownups and some of the stellar progression from some companies such as UWELL and Aspire would be halted in their tracks. So worse products and less variety to be bought, simply in case your child opens your mod up.
Deliver constant levels of nicotine
I have added this in because to inform rather than speculate. As a rule your tank does this, with the long term view perhaps over variable wattage mods being affected but as far as I am aware there has been nothing mentioned on this front so far so I’ll let this point pass for now.
Everything has to be vetted before sale
Nice big one here. If you want to sell your liquid, you have to submit it to be checked, at cost, flavour by flavour to make sure it is safe. Concentrate companies are going to have to loophole the hell out of this for sure, but it will directly hit juice manufacturers because it will be too expensive to sell our own liquid. Up until now if you get a website, a quality product and enough people to buy your liquid then you could essentially start up your own business. This regulation will stop people being able to do that, killing creativity in the process. Some of the nicest liquids I have ever tasted came not from a big company but from people who created, tested and then sold because of demand. So yeah, we should care because no more random finds, you have what you have and only if they can afford to vet every single part of their range.
No promotion of vaping at all.
And finally we are at the wonderful footnote of the TPD. No promotion of the industry, to prevent young people getting into vaping. So no radio, TV, internet, nothing. Let me tell you what that really means, it will be illegal for you to talk about it on a forum, or on Facebook. It will be illegal to have a vaping video, illegal to have a vape meet, illegal to basically stop someone smoking to switch to the alternative. Yes, hopefully don’t talk about it and it all goes away. Hell this blog would be technically illegal, that is how bad it will be.
So yeah, pretty much you can hopefully see why the community is fighting tooth and nail to get rid of this directive because it clearly is being driven with hidden agendas. Pushing the market into an area ready for the pharmaceutical companies and tobacco companies to swoop in and profit. It will commit many people to death because they do not have access to the best anti-smoking aid not driven by billionaires in their ivory towers. So this is why so many people fight, it isn’t for the sub ohmers or the cloud chasers. It isn’t for the collectors or the profiteers. It isn’t for people who have formed this community even. It is for every single person who has not given up smoking yet. It is for every single person who wants to quit but want an easier way to do it. This is for every single person who will be blocked from getting that second chance in life that the government will happy sign off as another statistic. The TPD does not affect me, but it affects them, friends, family, everyone who picks up a smoke now who could be picking up a vape pen or mod.
So if you feel strongly about it then contact local MPS, get the voice heard as much as you can, sign petitions and promote them and simply make as much noise as you can, we can beat this TOGETHER. Together we are a million voices, we just need to open our mouths.
Keep it cloudy people.