Demand for electronic cigarettes in the last 2-3 years increased by 25-30% globally. Such popularity stems from considering vaping a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking. Thriving communities of youth are also the latest trend to boost the vaping culture.
And while people massively switch from smoke to steam, the authorities in different countries decide how to regulate electronic cigarettes. And, if in some cases the ban is justified by the possible undesirable influence, some experts believe that the future legislative norms are lobbied by major tobacco companies that suffer considerable losses with the increase in sales of electronic cigarettes.
World Trends in Certification & Legislation
Electronic cigarettes are becoming popular all over the world. The trend of the global vape market is that in most civilized countries certification, restriction, ban on the sale or use of electronic cigarettes and related products has been gradually introduced over the past two years:
- Of course, the first is the USA. Under the influence of the FDA, mandatory certification of the activity of vape shops is imposed. Nowadays, every store that sells such devices must obtain certification. And if it’s box modes, every single detail is subject to quality control. Thus, the authorities try to “get rid” of small shops from the market, because the cost of the state procedure is more than 1 million US dollars.
- In the UK, electronic cigarettes, according to experts, for example, Chief Physician of the Government, should be used for medical purposes as a way to quit smoking ordinary cigarettes, and should be sold only by prescription. This idea is supported by the Department of Health of England, since up to 100,000 people die every year from regular smoking in the state, and with the government’s support of vaping, this figure can be reduced.
- In December 2016, France also adopted a decree according to which the activity of the vape industry operators is subject to certification, and their owners must annually pay a state fee (295 Euros) for each type of product.
- Since January 2017 in Finland it is forbidden to buy modes and liquid with non-tobacco flavors via the Internet and sell by mail.
- In Russia, there is a project bill that introduces an excise tax on the sale of devices for vaping, and an excise for the sale of liquid (per ml). Until 2019, the amount of excise tax is expected to slightly increase.
- An interesting fact is that in China, which is the leader of the vape market, the sale and storage of nicotine liquid is prohibited. The violator is subject to a fine of up to 100 thousand Hong Kong dollars or imprisonment for up to 2 years.
General conclusion is that state certification will improve situation on the market in terms of product quality and clients’ confidence.