Vaping in the United Kingdom

Vaping in the United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, vaping is considered to be a less harmful alternative to smoking and is widely available. The UK has taken a relatively relaxed approach to vaping regulation, with e-cigarettes and e-liquids generally treated similarly to other consumer products. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulates e-cigarettes as medicines if they make medicinal claims, but most e-cigarettes on the market do not fall into this category.

In July 2021, the UK government announced new regulations for vaping, including a ban on the sale of menthol and flavoured e-cigarettes, and a clampdown on online sales. The UK's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has said that "while vaping is not without risk, it is far less harmful than smoking and can help smokers quit."

The UK is considered to have one of the most successful vaping markets in the world, with an estimated 3.6 million vapers in the country.

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