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
Van Godwin, Jordan
EU European Publishing
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Introduction: From May 2016, the European Union introduced the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) regulations, which included restrictions to advertising and new safety and labelling standards for e-cigarette products. This represented the first supra national 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 organisations in the UK involved in tobacco control policy-making processes, and Trading Standards Officers from 13 UK local authorities. Data were analysed thematically and a sub-sample double-coded. Results: Stakeholders held varying views of e-cigarettes, recognising 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 preparing retailers for adoption of new measures. Conclusion: TPD policy rollout 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.
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Brown, Rachel, Jordan Van Godwin, Nick Page, Linda Bauld, Jennifer McKell, Britt Hallingberg, Olivia Maynard, Anna Blackwell, and Graham Moore. "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." Tobacco Prevention & Cessation 7, no. May (2021): 1-10.
Article published in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation available open access at https://doi.org/10.18332/tpc/134370
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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