The e-cigarette world is changing. If you want to know what this will mean for you…read on:
Tobacco Products Directive (TDP) & New Regulations
The TPD comes into effect on May 20th 2016 along with ARTICLE 20 which specifically covers the electronic cigarette industry. This will mean a number of changes that will affect how we as a company operate and what you as a customer can purchase from our website or from any of our nationwide stores.
The complexity of the new regulations has meant it has taken some time for manufacturers and distributors alike, to understand the full implications and what needs to be achieved to be compliant in the ‘New World’.
Here is a list of the changes that will take effect from 20th May and how No-Match is geared up to deal with them:
Refill container/e-liquid bottle size cannot exceed 10ml
We have already made the switch to 10ml bottles so this regulation will have no effect on our customers or the way we operate.
Atomiser/tank size must not exceed 2ml
For those of you who are new to vaping or less adventurous this will not be a problem but those of you who sub-ohm vape(our latest sub-ohm kit, the Atom is not affected by this regulation as it is already a 2ml tank) or use the bigger tanks this will be inconvenient at best. We will have 12 months from the 20th May to sell existing stocks of our tanks that do not fit within the 2ml standard.
Nicotine strength cannot exceed 2.0% (20mg/ml)
For No-Match and a number of our customers this is very frustrating. Currently we provide liquid strengths of 3.6% and 3.0% in a small variety of our e-liquid flavours and 2.4% in the majority of our flavours. Allowing for some tolerance for error this regulation will mean that 1.8% will be the maximum strength we sell. Current stocks of 2.4%, 3.0% and 3.6% will continue to be sold for a maximum period of 12 months from the 20th May after which time, if they have not already sold out, they will no longer be available.
It is worth noting that sub-ohm vaping can alleviate this problem somewhat by providing a bigger ‘hit’ and more flavour at a lower nicotine strength. This is due to the low resistance of the coils combined with the power of the battery.
No-Match provide several options when it comes to sub-ohm vaping. This includes our new Atom kit or a combination of different options including the Cobra or Sidewinder batteries along with our Saturn Quad tank or Rattlesnake tank.
Existing No-Match batteries
The legislation does not affect the use or sales of No-Match batteries so existing batteries such as the Cobra, Sidewinder and Vegas range remain unaffected.
Notification and testing of products
Any of our products that are sold beyond the 20th May 2016 require a product submission to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority) with the cost and process being undertaken by the manufacturer.
Will these increased costs mean a retail price increase?
At this point in time it is very difficult to predict whether the price of our products will increase to cover the extra costs we will incur for the product submissions. Only time will tell. However, we are acutely aware of the impact this will have on our customers and will endeavour to keep our prices to a minimum and in line with the current market.
As members of ECITA (Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association) we feel we are in the unique position of being able to deal effectively with the changes that the new regulations bring. We hope that the information that we have provided here will alleviate any fears or worries you may have and that we can all look positively to the future of electronic cigarettes being a cheaper, healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes.