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New vaping laws to help quitters welcomed by Illume

Illume joins the Oral Health Foundation in welcoming new regulations coming into force on Saturday (May 20 2017) on e-cigarettes which many people are using to help them quit smoking.

These new laws mean e-cigarettes and e-liquids must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products regulatory agency before they can be sold. Vape tanks larger than 2ml will no longer be permitted while e-liquid bottles now have a maximum capacity of 10ml. A maximum nicotine strength has also been set at 20mg (2%).

Tim Rumney, practice owner and clinical director at Illume, says: “The fact so many people are giving up smoking with the help of e-cigarettes is good news because smoking really does have a negative impact on oral and general health.

“Concerns remained, however, that the e-cigarette industry operated without regulation so I join the Oral Health Foundation in welcoming the laws now being brought into force.

"Not all e-cigarettes contain nicotine and have flavourings, but the clear majority are nicotine-based. Nicotine is highly addictive and vapers typically smoke more than somebody who smokes tobacco so the addiction element is still very much there.

“Given the links between gum disease and wider health problems, it is important that over time, you slowly attempt to give up both tobacco and e-cigarettes altogether.

"By brushing last thing at night and at one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly, you can not only develop and maintain good oral health but can also improve your overall well-being too," he added.

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