Tobacco-vapes-bill-2024 postponedDue to the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announcing a general election on July 4th it means some of the proposed legislation has had to be pushed aside.

The period of time between the announcement and the election is called the “Wash Up” period which is short and proposed bills have to be prioritised so they don’t run out of time.

I quote from the Parliament UK website…

“The wash-up period refers to the last few days of a Parliament before dissolution. Any unfinished business is lost at dissolution and the Government may need the co-operation of the Opposition in passing legislation that is still in progress.

In the past some Bills have been lost completely, while others have progressed quickly but in a much-shortened form. The introduction of Fixed-term Parliaments, where General Election dates are more predictable, was expected to make this less likely.”

The parliament as it stands will be dissolved as of today 24th May 2024. Any bills which could not be completed before this are therefore cast aside.

It appears the Tobacco and Vapes bill is one that will not be put through the full process in time and will have to be discarded. You can find the others which are unlikely to be completed in time here in this Guardian Article.

But it is not all good news.

Most of the UK political parties supported the bill, it also has the backing of Scotland and Ireland. So even if we do have a different party in charge in July – there is a chance the bill could rear its ugly head again.

You can refresh yourself on how this bill would have impacted vaping in my article here “UK Tobacco & Vapes Bill 2024 & what it means for vapers“.

To summarise the main objectives of the bill were:

  • Create the first ever smokefree generation
  • Reduce the appeal and availability of vaping products
  • Strengthen enforcement of underage sales of tobacco and vapes

I personally feel we will see this bill again in the future, but it may have amendments which could go against or in favour of vaping.

We will just have to wait and see. But it does give more time for us consumers to be prepared and hopefully rally to get our voices heard.

Responses

Here are some responses from Twitter / X from various people / organisations on both sides of the debate…

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Michelle Jones

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

My name is Michelle - I am 48 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again around 2016 and have been interested in the topic ever since. I finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod and Bubblegum e-liquid! I have enjoyed writing for Ecigclick since 2017 and love being part of this great team! My passion for Tobacco Harm Reduction has also led me to becoming a Trustee for the NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) aiding in Advocacy

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