Smoking prevalence, vaping laws, snus in Great Britain

Great Britain - country profile

Cigarettes in Great Britain

In Great Britain the prevalence of current smoking in the general population has decreased from 20% in 2011 to 16.8% in 2017. During the same period, men's smoking prevalence decreased from 21% to 18.7%, and women's current smoking decreased from 18.8% to 15%. The data on smoking habits in Great Britain were collected by the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) – an omnibus survey run by the Office for national Statistics. The survey is run monthly and includes adults aged 16 years and above.

Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in Great Britain

Great Britain comprises England, Scotland and Wales, and is part of the UK - as such it abides by the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2014). E-cigarettes may be brought to market either as medicines or as consumer products. One e-cigarette product has been licensed to be prescribed through the National Health Service as a medicine, and it is not currently available on the market. E-cigarettes sold as consumer products are regulated under the UK Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (SI 2016 no. 507). This covers all of the UK, however devolved nations may choose to apply greater restrictions. Manufacturers must provide detailed information regarding all new e-cigarette products to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Advertising is allowed on billboards but not on TV and radio. Legally, there are no restrictions on where you can vape, but companies, public transport and public buildings implement their own restrictions. E-cigarettes are subject to a 20% Value Added Tax (VAT); however, if they are regulated as medicines, a 5% tax is levied instead. No 'medicinal' products are currently available.

Prevalence

Adult current e-cigarette vaping prevalence:
A
Opinions and Lifestyle Survey 2018, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/drugusealcoholandsmoking/datasets/ecigaretteuseingreatbritain
1
Age 16+

Product promotion

Health claims allowed:
No

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
A
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Regulated as consumer product:
Yes
A
Regulated as medicinal product:
Yes
A
Regulated as tobacco product:
Yes
A
A
Data cross-referenced where possible using the following sources :1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/ ; 2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052 ; 3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Availability

Legal to buy device online - personal use:
Yes
Legal to buy nicotine online - personal use:
Yes
Legal to import device - trade:
Yes
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
Yes
Legal to sell device:
Yes
Legal to sell nicotine:
Yes
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes

Regulations and restrictions

Notifications of new products required:
Yes
Child and tamperproof containers required:
Yes
Health warning on packaging required:
Yes
Minimum age restrictions on sales:
Restrictions on flavour range:
No
Restrictions on nicotine content:
Yes
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
No
Restrictions on tank size:
Yes

Snus in Great Britain

There are no comments specific to snus in Great Britain in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
A
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A
Tobacco Tactics website available at: http://tobaccotactics.org/index.php/Snus:_EU_Ban_on_Snus_Sales

Availability

Legal to import product for trade:
No
Legal to import product for personal use:
Yes
Legal to buy product online:
No
Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in Great Britain

There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in Great Britain in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
1
A
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A
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
1
IQOS

Availability

Products are marketed:
Yes
1
A
A
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
1
IQOS

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Great Britain

There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in Great Britain in the database.