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The EU TPD Vaping Laws Explained

Have you got a trip overseas coming up? If so, take heed – a host of new laws concerning vape gear do's and don'ts are taking effect at the end of this week (May 20) across the European Union.

Known as TPD (Tobacco Product Derivatives) regulations, the new ones coming online are as follows:

Tanks with a greater than 2 ml liquid capacity are now illegal. Yes, we know this means most tanks. No, we don't understand it either. Whether you fill a 6 ml tank once a day or a 2 ml tank three times, it seems unlikely to have much effect on how much you actually consume.

E-liquid stronger than 20 mg/ml nicotine is also verboten. Again, we have no clue where this restriction came from, but it shouldn't be a problem for most modern vapers (with the exception, perhaps of the extreme nic levels found in some disposable cigalike pods) – even most mouth-to-lungers these days seem to have shied away from the 36mg.

Liquid may henceforth only be sold in 10 ml bottles. This one has to be a blow, as most premium juices we're aware of only go down to 15 ml sizes stateside. Some European bloggers have said they still plan to order larger quantities by mail, so it's not exactly clear what this means if you've got a 60 ml in your luggage. It might be best to be on the safe side and buy a handful of smaller plastic squeeze bottles to transfer your travel supply, though. Aside from more litter created by tiny plastic bottles, we're once again kind of at a loss here – be prepared to pay more if you need to re-up abroad, though, juice bought in tiny quantities ain't cheap!

There are also a host of new laws coming into effect regarding liquid quality, reporting and testing of ingredients, and consumer disclosures. While these probably make the most sense of any of the restrictions, they'll probably be the least of your worries while traveling abroad with your vape gear.

While implementation of these policies began in May of 2016, the final grandfather deadline, one year after rollout, is fast approaching. That means standards should be the same across the EU – yes, even in Britain, where most of the griping about the laws is originating these days. You should be safe traveling with your grandfathered gear, but be aware that if you have a problem and need new supplies while on the road, you may encounter quite the confusing situation at the local vape shop. Good luck, and happy travels!