NEWS A R U N D OW N O F T H E L AT E ST VA P E N E WS AND RESEARCH FROM AROUND T H E WO R L D 10 | VM21 NATIONAL CIGARETTE AMNESTY DAY LIFE AFTER BREXIT It was previously said that the TPD at a domestic level (TRPR) would not be revised with Brexit in mind. However, in response to the Science and Technology Committee’s evidence review report published in August, the Department of Health and Social Care said: “The government will review where the UK’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re‑appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health. The government will explore those areas identified by the committee, such as the 20mg/ ml maximum nicotine refill limit, a size restriction of 2ml on the tank, a block on advertising e-cigarettes’ relative harm- reduction potential and the notification scheme for e-cigarette ingredients.” Ninety percent of UK smokers believe using a vape has helped them either quit or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke. That’s according to research conducted by VPZ, formerly Vaporized, w hi ch recentl y rol l ed out Nat ional Cigarette Amnesty Day. Thousands of Brits across the UK quit smoking on National Cigarette Amnesty Day in January. The nationwide campaign saw smokers bin their cigarettes in vape shops a bid to stop smoking for good in 2019. VPZ was recently named as Scotland’s fastest growing company by The Sunday Times Fast Track list. FRENCH MARKET ON THE RISE PHE TO ADVISE MENTAL HEALTH TRUSTS ON VAPING Pu b l i c H eal th E ngl and w i l l advi se mental health trusts on e-cigarettes. The government has said the National Health Service should set “clear” and “central” policies on e-cigarettes in mental health facilities. Responding to a recommendation made last August by the UK’s Science and Technology Committee, the government said the NHS should issue guidance on e-cigarettes to all NHS mental health trusts. The move would better inform trusts to ensure that they understand the physical and mental benefits of the harm reduction smoking alternative to their patients. Until now, one third of the 50 mental health trusts located in England enforced a ban on e-cigarettes on their premises. Vaping in France is catching up to the UK with more than two million French people regularly using an e-cigarette. That’s according to a recent study, which indicates a major surge in the popularity of vaping in the next three years in the country. The market grew in France by 21 percent from 2017-2018 and French e-liquids account for one-third of sales. The research points toward fast growth in the French vape industry, citing an increase in the cost of smoking by 2020 as one factor in encouraging smokers to switch to the less harmful alternative. The Xerfi Institute study examined the main brands of e-cigarette products currently on the market, policy and regulatory framework and the main consequences for brands and retailers. The Xerfi Institute is the leading independent institute of economic research in France.