Lord Callanan has set a motion that could stop the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive in the UK.
Providing a glimmer of hope for the 2.6 million UK vapers, Lord Callanan is hoping to gather enough support to force a debate and a vote.
Vaping has risen as a prominent smoking cessation for many to help kick their cigarette addictions. Now the most popular method of smoking cessation, vaping has supporters in Britain, including major health bodies such as Public Health England, who have encouraged the NHS to sell products on their premises.
Under parliamentary rules, the TPD implementation in the UK will fail if the Lords agree to the motion. This is called a “fatal motion”, meaning the regulation is ditched before it even gets to the House of Commons.
Lords have until the 10th of June to vote against the TPD, the day which will make the end of the 40 day “praying time” where a motion can block legislation.
In support, vapers have taken to social media, tweeting #LordsVapeVote, and aiming it at political figures @Number10gov, Labour leader and vape supporter @JeremyCorbyn and @MartinCallanan, the Lord who started the motion.
Vapers will be keeping their fingers crossed, hoping some of the new changes proposed by the TPD don’t come to fruition.
With the EU Referendum slated to take place on June 23rd, will the TPD influence the voting intentions of vapers?