Implementation of e-cigarette regulation through the EU Tobacco Products Directive ( 2016 ) in Wales, Scotland and England from the perspectives of stakeholders involved in policy introduction and enforcement

Rachel Brown, Jordan Van Godwin, Nick Page, Linda Bauld, Jennifer McKell, Britt Hallingberg, Olivia Maynard, Anna Blackwell, Graham Moore

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION From May 2016, the European Union introduced the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) regulations, which included restrictions to advertising and new safety and labeling standards for e-cigarette products. This represented the first supranational policy regulating e-cigarette sales and marketing. This study explores perceptions of TPD and its implementation in Wales, Scotland and England, from perspectives of stakeholders involved in tobacco and e-cigarette policy and implementation in each nation. METHODS Semi-structured qualitative interviews were completed with 12 stakeholders from government and third sector organizations in the UK involved in tobacco control policy-making processes, and Trading Standards Officers from 13 UK local authorities. Data were analyzed thematically and a sub-sample double-coded. RESULTS Stakeholders held varying views of e-cigarettes, recognizing potential benefits and harms of both the products and the new policy actions. Nevertheless, most perceived TPD to be a positive step in introducing regulation for e-cigarettes. Compliance was perceived as high across nations, although stakeholders highlighted product adaptations to circumvent restrictions, and absence of controls on non-nicotine products. Budgetary and staffing limitations also meant that capacity to communicate new measures, and enforce change, was limited. This led to a gap occupied by industry representatives, who played a substantial role in preparingretailers for adoption of new measures. CONCLUSIONS TPD policy roll-out was largely perceived positively and as having been effectively implemented. However, contribution of industry to communication of new measures and absence of resourcing for effective communication perhaps introduced widespread innovations within regulations. While largely viewed positively, some refinements to device regulations were proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalTobacco Prevention and Cessation
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021

Keywords

  • e-cigarettes
  • policy
  • qualitative
  • tobacco
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)

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