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vape pipesSeptember 16 2014

PSNC is reminding pharmacy owners that it will be a criminal offence from October 1 to sell nicotine inhaling products to people under 18 years.

The regulations will apply to sales of e-cigarettes, certain component parts and liquids containing nicotine for use in inhaling devices in England and Wales. Underage sales of non-licensed e-cigarettes could result in a £2,500 fine. Proxy purchasing, by an adult for someone under 18 will also be an offence.

Products which are licensed as medicines are exempted from the regulations as they will fall under existing medicines legislation, but will only be able to be sold to people under the age of 18 if the licence permits it.

PSNC has also posted on its website a guide for pharmacies drawn up by the Department of Health and the Charted Trading Standards Institute, in conjunction with the medicines regulator the MHRA. This says that at present only two products have been licensed as medicines which would meet the definition of nicotine inhaling products.

The guidance also points out that “from May 2016, nicotine inhaling products or e-liquids that contain more than 20mg/ml and do not have a marketing authorisation as a licensed medicine from MHRA will be prohibited by the Tobacco Products Directive.”

Public Health England has chosen smoking and quitting as the theme of its first ‘Health matters’ resource for health professionals, published this week. It has been designed to support local service commissioning and delivery.

“The resource will bring together in one easily accessible package local and national level data, policy and programme expertise, as well as campaigning and social marketing resources – all presented in an easy-to-use, engaging format, that will help make the case for effective public health interventions,” says PHE.

“One of PHE’s ambitions is to see a tobacco-free generation by 2025. The pilot Health matters looks at tobacco with a focus on smoking cessation. Despite a continuing decline in smoking rates, nearly one in five adults still smoke and around 90,000 11 to 15 year olds are regular smokers.”

Included in the resource are data regarding:

  • current smoker levels
  • how smoking reinforces health inequalities
  • who is trying to quit and how
  • the influence of networks and places
  • smoke-free environments
  • the benefits of investing in services

The resource also includes links to other useful information such as local tobacco control profiles for England, the Smoking Toolkit Study which identifies usage of e-cigarettes, the ASH Ready Reckoner to help estimate the costs of smoking at regional, local authority and ward levels, the NICE tobacco return on investment (RoI) tool and NICE guidelines.

PHE Chief Executive Duncan Selbie said: “Health matters is part of our mission to provide user-friendly advice and guidance and, in particular, on what works. This is the first in the series and we hope it will prove helpful to practitioners and policy makers in helping people to quit smoking.”

Links:

PSNC announcement    

DoH/CTSI guidance (via PSNC)  

The Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015                

PHE Health matters announcement       

PHE Health matters ‘Smoking and quitting in England’    

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