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Vaping in Europe and the TPD

The TPD and Everything You Need to Know About Vaping in Europe

With the Federal Drug Administration cracking down on vaping throughout the U.S., Americans may think they can simply start ordering vaping liquid and supplies from other countries, like those in Europe (good luck with that).

Just as the U.S. is beset with the FDA’s deeming laws , the European Union has the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). And regulations on both sides of the Atlantic are poised to pretty much snuff out the vaping industry as we know it. Check out this TPD infographic to learn more or just keep reading. 

TPD and vaping in Europe

TPD Overview

The TPD sets forth new rules for nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and vaping liquids. Products covered under TPD include e-cigarettes and any components that contain or could contain nicotine in the form of vaping liquid. That means disposable e-cigarettes and components such as tanks are covered under TPD – but batteries, drip tips or other components that don’t hold vaping liquid are not.

You’ll find more in the fine print in TPD 2014/40/EU. And you’ll find the restrictions that apply to the 28 nations that are part of the EU depressingly similar to those being launched across the U.S.

The new rules introduced in the TPD set forth requirements in several areas (also shown in TPD infographic above):

  • Safety and quality requirements
  • Packaging and labeling requirements
  • Monitoring and reporting requirements
  • Notification requirements

Safety and Quality Requirements

The TPD dictates nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and vaping liquid containers must:

  • Contain no more than a specified maximum nicotine concentration and maximum volume allowed for cartridges, tanks and vaping liquid containers.
    • Maximum concentration is 20mg/ml (Nicotine levels higher than 20mg/ml will be classified as a medicine and must conform to regulations for medications)
    • Maximum volume is 10 ml for vaping liquid containers and 2 ml for e-cigarettes
  • Contain ingredients of high purity that deliver consistent nicotine levels throughout usage
  • Be child-resistant and tamper-proof
  • Have a mechanism that ensures refilling without spillage

Packaging and Labeling Requirements

The packaging and labeling rules for e-cigarettes dictate they include:

  • Mandatory health warnings that advise consumers the e-cigarettes contain nicotine and should not be used by non-smokers
  • Warnings that cover at least 30 percent of the packaging
  • A list of all product ingredients and information on nicotine content
  • A leaflet containing instructions for use along with information on detrimental health effects, risk groups, addictiveness and toxicity
  • Absolutely no promotional elements

Cross-border advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes is also prohibited.

Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

The TPD additionally mandates monitoring and reporting requirements for industry manufacturers and importers, EU Member States, and the EU Commission:

  • Manufacturers must inform Member States of all products they put on the market, issuing annual reports on sales volume, consumer preferences and trends.
  • Member States must monitor the industry for evidence that vaping leads to tobacco consumption or nicotine addiction, particularly for non-smokers and youth
  • The Commission must present an implementation report after five years, providing the European Parliament and Council with a rundown on the developments of e-cigarettes

Notification Requirements

Submitting a notification of products entering the market should be done at least six months before the product is intended to be sold. And based on the extensive information required in each notification, six months may be how long it takes for someone to actually read and review the notification.

Manufacturers and importers can submit notifications about their products to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), which is like the British equivalent of the FDA. The submission process can be done online, with instructions from Gov.UK that walk you through the steps.

Each notification must include specific information:

  • Type of product
  • List of all ingredients in the product
  • Emission testing results
  • Toxicological data regarding all ingredients and emissions
  • Level of nicotine uptake when product used under normal conditions
  • Measurement methods used to gauge level of nicotine uptake

Fees

A number of fees come with submitting notifications of products. These fees include:

  • £150: Notification fee for putting each new product on the market
  • £60: Annual fee for keeping each product on the market
  • £80: Substantial modification fee for any changes made to a product

TPD Timeline

The new rules set forth by the TPD will be rolled out of a period of time.

May 20, 2016

EU Directive transposed into national legislation by Member States of the EU.

Any in-stock merchandise related to e-cigarettes and vaping liquid can continue to be sold as it has been, although manufacturers and importers must now submit notifications.

Manufacturers and importers must submit a notification of all products already on the market as of May 20, 2016, or intended to be placed on the market thereafter. Notifications must be sent to the “competent authorities” of Member States, such as the MHRA.

November 20, 2016

Nov. 20 is the deadline for manufacturers to submit notifications for any products on the market before May 6, 2016. This also serves as the cut-off date for producing any new products that don’t comply with TPD regulations. All products introduced onto the market as of this date must comply with TPD requirements.

May 19, 2017

All merchandise that does not comply with the TPD must be removed from the market.

The only e-cigarette and vaping liquids on the market at this time must comply with the TPD and be backed up by a submitted notification.

Retailers can check to ensure notifications were submitted by checking with specific agencies in each Member State, such as the MHRA website in the U.K., which will have an available page when the time comes.

While the TPD does not outright ban e-cigarettes as some rumors have claimed, it does present a number of hoops, twists and turns manufacturers and importers must maneuver through to get new products on the market. Not to mention the steady slate of fees.

In addition to the initial and annual notification fees, manufacturers are also going to face increased costs for the revamped labeling, containers, testing and research that now must accompany each product that falls within the TPD purview. As with the FDA deeming regulations in the U.S., Europe’s TPD has the power to potentially decimate the vaping industry through extensive and expensive government controls.

SOURCES:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/544092/2_Product_type_disc_paper_final.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/544094/3_Emissions_disc_paper_final.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/544095/4_Nicotine_Dose_disc_paper_final.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/526559/UK_Ingredient_Guidance_draft.pdf

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.101.01.0015.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2016:101:TOC

http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/dir_201440_en.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency

http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-05/cp160048en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/tobacco_infograph2_en.pdf

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1762_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/products/revision/index_en.htm

http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fsjvmw/global

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-cigarettes-regulations-for-consumer-products

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What is E-Juice?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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