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Another year flies by.

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Another year has passed by very quickly and it’s been without doubt the most eventful year of my life. Since opening the first dedicated Electronic Cigarette store in Southampton (Dec 2012) I’ve met some truly amazing people that have not only influenced the store but have become trusted  friends and more!

Our loyal customers have followed our progression from the first generation devices to second and third that now include KangerTech Evod and the Innokin VTR.

Our Liquid range has expanded too with other new developments soon to be revealed.

More importantly we have seen the outrageous proposed policies being churned out by the EU that would basically render mainstream electronic cigarettes useless while ensuring traditional cigarettes are more widely available. Laughable really as the supposed aim of the Tobacco Products Directive was to encourage people to smoke less.

Limits on nicotine strength and plans to ban refillable tanks/clearomisers prove that decisions are being made to benefit the tobacco companies and protect the interests of the big pharmaceuticals.  There’s so much more behind these scandalous decisions. Part of the directive and in particular Article 18  even goes as far as a gagging order specifically designed to stop us talking about and promoting ecigs in any way!   Continue reading Another year flies by.

Are you aware of the TPD (Tobacco Products Directive)?

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The EU are looking at many ways to reduce smoking throughout Europe. However, there have been several political interventions that have lead them to follow a rather unethical path when it comes to Electronic Cigarettes.

Firstly they wanted to make them a medicinal product just like Pharmaceutical NRT (nicotine replacement therapy). MEP’s listened to the vaping community and in October 2013 it was decided that this idea could not be implemented.

Now they are looking to place Electronic Cigarettes in the same category as Tobacco but with far stronger restrictions of use. So strong in fact, the restrictions planned would render most of our mainstream devices and E-Liquid illegal. Tobacco of course would remain widely available.

Tobacco is one of the largest and most valuable traded commodities in the world! No wonder the Big Tobacco companies want to retain us all as smokers. So do the people that invest in them. The Big Pharmaceutical companies like selling us patches and gum which have low success rates. Both have power and money. So with Electronic Cigarettes stealing the limelight, neither are best pleased. With more and more EU citizens switching to ECigs, there is also less tax revenue for Governments to squander… I mean use in order to enrich and prolong our valuable lives!!!

I’ll cut to the chase. If you use an Electronic Cigarette and want to remain using it as an alternative to smoking lit tobacco; please contact your MEP and MP so that your voice and opinions are heard. They represent us. We should have the right to choose how we enjoy ingesting nicotine or if you prefer…vaping without nicotine at all.

Research and studies have already shown us that Vaping is far safer than smoking. VaperTrails and other Electronic Cigarette suppliers throughout Europe understand that the Health and Safety of our customers is the most important part of this discussion. Regulation is not what we fear. Over regulation though would force us all back to cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes are a breakthrough in public health innovation and cannot be allowed to be destroyed by politics or lost revenues. Our lives and freedom of choice have a value.

Decision are imminent even now in December 2013. Follow me on Twitter for updates. Watch VTTV and keep informed via Clive Bates’s blog. You may find more information for yourselves.

Ian Green
Managing Director
VaperTrails – Southampton

Update 27/01/14

The EU continue to force through over regulation that has the potential to prevent mainstream electronic cigarette use. Keep up the pressure on your MP and MEP’s. Follow the Twitter and Facebook links available via the links section and please tune in to at 9pm Sun-Thurs.

Electronic Cigarettes are also featuring more on TV at the moment which is helping to raise awareness. However, there is a lot of misinformation too. We are happy to discuss any electronic cigarette related topic with you if you have been confused or are unsure what some statements really mean.



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