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Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 1 – Nicotine vapour products

5.Section 1 of the Act amends the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act”) by including a definition of “nicotine vapour product” at section 35A (meaning of “nicotine vapour product”). Other amendments made by the Act to the 2010 Act depend on this definition.

6.The first part of the definition (section 35A(1)(a)) covers devices intended to enable the inhalation of nicotine-containing vapour by an individual. The kinds of devices caught include those which contain nicotine and typically mimic conventional smoking behaviour e.g. devices commonly known as “e-cigarettes”, “e-cigars” and “e-shisha”. However, the definition is not limited to these kinds of devices. Vapour does not need to be visibly inhaled or exhaled. A hand-to-mouth action is not required.

7.The second part of the definition (section 35A(1)(b)) covers devices which are intended to enable the inhalation of vapour by an individual which do not contain nicotine. These devices are identified by reference to the devices in the first part of the definition: they must be intended to resemble (e.g. by shape, colour or texture) and be operated in a similar way (e.g. the method of inhalation or the way the device is activated or powered). This part of the definition is, therefore, reliant on the first part.

8.The third part of the definition (section 35A(1)(c)) covers items which are intended to form part of a device within the first or second parts of the definition e.g. a cartridge, a mechanical part or an electrical component. Accordingly, an item which is not intended to be used as part of a device caught by the definition does not fall within this part of the definition.

9.The fourth part of the definition (section 35A(1)(d)) covers substances intended to be vaporised by a device caught by the definition and any item containing such a substance. This can include, amongst other things, liquids (e.g. those commonly known as “e-liquid”) and refill containers which hold liquid. It covers substances which contain nicotine as well as those which do not. It covers substances which are intended to be mixed together to form a new substance where the intention is that the substances are to be vaporised in a device caught by the definition.

10.Finally, there are some exclusions from the definition (section 35A(2)). Tobacco and smoking related products (within the meaning of section 35(2) of the 2010 Act) are excluded. Medicinal products and medical devices are excluded by reference to the meaning of those expressions in the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 and the Medical Devices Regulations 2002, respectively. It should also be noted that nicotine at very high concentrations is already subject to regulation by the Poisons Act 1972 by virtue of the Poisons Rules 1982.

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