The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is a set of laws and regulations set by the European parliament, concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products.
TPD recently introduced new rules for nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and refill containers, with a view to ensuring minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and e-liquids. The new rules also help protect children from starting to use these products.
What do TPD regulations mean to you, the consumer?
You’ll notice a set or warning information on e-liquids that contain nicotine and also any hardware that is designed to be used with nicotine products. There is also a restriction on the quantity and strength these e-liquids can be supplied. The size of the tanks in hardware devices is now restricted, so if you’re frustrated that you can’t find a device with a larger tank, now you know why.
Here is brief overview of the TPD regulations:
- Restrict e-cigarette tanks to a capacity of no more than 2ml
- Restrict the maximum volume of e-liquid for sale in one refill container to 10ml
- Restrict e-liquids to a nicotine strength of no more than 20mg/ml
- Require nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident
- Ban certain ingredients including colourings, caffeine and taurine
- Include new labelling requirements and warnings
- Require all e-cigarettes and e-liquids be notified to MHRA (UK) before they can be sold
Diamond Mist regards this as a positive step for the vaping industry as it offers great benefit to the consumer, ensuring the quality and safety of products. A lack of regulations in the past has resulted in a level of distrust with some consumers, due to poor quality products being allowed to enter the market from inexperienced and untrustworthy companies. These companies are now forced to improve or leave the market, so don’t be surprised if you see some brands disappear.
Diamond Mist has been producing products for many years that already meet the majority of the new regulations. We have always been commitment to producing quality products. The biggest change to Diamond Mist products is the packaging design, which you will notice now includes a large white box with black text, warning of the nicotine content.
These rules do not apply to zero nicotine e-liquids and it’s worth remembering that these particular regulations only apply to European Member States, other countries have their own regulations, and some countries remain unregulated. Diamond Mist products are distributed around the world, so you can expect to see some variation in the type of information presented on product packaging.