Some very interesting and well thought-out posts in this thread, nice to see the UK-specific situation being discussed in detail. I'm obviously quite new to vaping but I take an active interest in all matters political so I've read up a lot about this whole saga. The latest position of the MHRA is that they will not regulate them as medicines but will "reflect the outcome of continuing negotiations of the European Tobacco Directive".
Obviously the MHRA's current position is a backtrack on their previous announcement, they seem to be reluctant to isolate themselves and go against the rest of the EU. In my opinion, their original decision to regulate as medical products was quite shocking when the details are examined. Firstly there is the fact that health experts that advised the MHRA to make the decision in fact had undeclared interests in big pharma. Secondly the MHRA conducted a public consultation on the issue and received over 1000 replies. They found that
From this they inferred thatThe majority of importers and users of unlicensed electronic cigarettes were opposed to regulation by the MHRA
My primary reaction to this is who the hell do these people think they are? If the people that use the products do not want a certain type of regulation and the people that sell them don't want the regulation either, then what right does anybody else have to impose it upon them? I know this is academic to an extent now but I think it clearly illustrates the sort of attitude that we are dealing with here from the government and EU.The response to consultation suggests there is clear support for MHRA regulation