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Posted by in News & Blogs on 29/02/2024

Our Journey


Custom Vapes journey started with the owner Absy simply quitting smoking in 2012 by using mixed fruit flavoured e-liquid. A passionate individual who loved traveling the globe seeking advanced high-end hardware, unexpectedly turned his vaping lifestyle into a successful online business. Absy then quit his full time job to open one of UK’s first advanced vape store that supplies a wide range of exclusive and high-end vape/ecig products sourced globally for beginners and experienced vapers alike. Custom Vapes has helped over a decade of adult smokers to quit smoking for good to this day.

Government Proposal

The recent actions taken by the UK Government, such as the prohibition of disposable vaping devices to combat youth vaping, have raised concerns about a potential crackdown on all flavoured e-liquids. These flavours, especially those with an appeal to young people, such as fruit and dessert varieties, may face restrictions.

How many adults vape in the UK?

Vaping has played a crucial role in aiding over 4 million individuals in the UK to break free from smoking tobacco. A significant factor contributing to this shift towards a healthier lifestyle has been the freedom of choice, particularly in the selection of flavoured e-liquids that many vapers embrace throughout their journey towards a smoke-free existence.

At Custom Vapes, we recognise the potential negative impact of severely limiting access to a diverse range of vaping e-liquids. Such restrictions could have catastrophic consequences on the number of individuals opting for vaping as a safer alternative to smoking. Consequently, we are encouraging our customers to support and sign the petition now: STOP THE UK FLAVOUR BAN

Why are flavours important to us?

Flavour is the key that has unlocked the door for countless individuals to move away from smoking cigarettes. As responsible adult vapers, we believe in the importance of having the ability to choose from a variety of flavours that not only steer people away from traditional tobacco products but also promote healthier, long-term choices. (WHO) World Health Organization estimates that smoking tobacco claims over 8 million lives annually. Restricting e-liquid flavours to a minimal selection could jeopardise the progress of those who have successfully transitioned to vaping as a smoking cessation tool. It may also discourage future individuals from considering vaping as a means to quit smoking. The government has also proposed a vape tax, concluding all this will surely open doors for the black market and a surge in rogue traders.

United we stand!

Your stories, success and choices all matter. That’s why a potential flavour ban is so much more than just flavours; it’s a personal journey for all of us. We urge all vaping individuals to sign and share the message that a blanket prohibition is not the solution to all of this. Instead, addressing youth vaping requires stricter regulations on any point of sale and imposing stricter fines on those supplying tobacco related products to underage youths. Let us all work together to ensure a balanced approach that preserves choice for adult vapers whilst safeguarding against underage access to vaping products. We should all act now and write to our local MP’s and tell them how restrictions on flavours and access to vapes will affect us. If we all speak up together, we can effect real change and save the products that save our lives.

Tell us in the comments below the flavour that helped you quit smoking, what are your thoughts on this proposed flavour ban and the impact it will have on your life. Will you go back to smoking cigarettes?

Rishi Sunak has announced plans to ban disposable vapes in a bid to crack down on their use among children.

The UK Government, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, has announced plans to ban disposable vapes and introduce new restrictions on vape flavours. This approach aims to address the alarming rise of vaping among children and protect them from the potential health risks associated with nicotine dependency. 

It will become illegal for anyone born after January 1 2009 to buy any tobacco products under the prime minister’s plan to create a smoke-free generation.

During a visit to a school, Mr Sunak said the ban was balanced and the “right” action to take.
  1. “You talk to any parent or teacher, they’ll talk to you about the worrying rise in vaping among children,” he said.
  2. “Children shouldn’t be vaping, we don’t want them to get addicted, we still don’t understand the full long-term health impacts of vaping. So it is right we take strong action to stamp this out.”
  3. He said it was “important that we maintain vapes for adult smokers who want to stop” but that his proposals were “balanced”.
  4. “We have got the balance right, supporting adult smokers to stop smoking… but targeting all the things that make sure children don’t have access to vapes.”
  5. Smoking remains the UK’s single biggest preventable killer, causing around one in four cancer deaths and leading to 80,000 deaths per year, while the health effects of vaping remain unknown.
Banning Disposable Vapes and Restricting Flavours

The government’s proposed ban on disposable vapes, along with the introduction of powers to restrict vape flavours, marks a decisive step in curbing the appeal of these products to children. This action is part of a broader legislative effort that requires approval by parliament, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing the concerning trend of youth vaping.

The Governments of Scotland and Wales have also announced their intention to prohibit single-use vapes. This proposed ban, which is part of legislation requiring approval by parliament, is a response to growing apprehension about the increasing prevalence of vaping among children. Teachers have reported observing signs of nicotine dependency among students in the classroom, underscoring the urgency of addressing this issue through legislative action.

Creating a Smoke-Free Generation In the UK

In line with the government’s pledge to create a smoke-free generation, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans to make it illegal to sell tobacco products to individuals born on or after January 1, 2009. Additionally, vaping alternatives such as nicotine pouches will also be outlawed, signalling a comprehensive approach to reducing nicotine exposure among young people.

Announcing the move ahead of a visit to a school on Monday, Rishi Sunak said:
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

“As any parent or teacher knows, one of the most worrying trends at the moment is the rise in vaping among children, and so we must act before it becomes endemic.

“The long-term impacts of vaping are unknown and the nicotine within them can be highly addictive, so while vaping can be a useful tool to help smokers quit, marketing vapes to children is not acceptable.

“That is why I am taking bold action to ban disposable vapes – which have driven the rise in youth vaping – and bring forward new powers to restrict vape flavours, introduce plain packaging and change how vapes are displayed in shops.

“Alongside our commitment to stop children who turn 15 this year or younger from ever legally being sold cigarettes, these changes will leave a lasting legacy by protecting our children’s health for the long term.”

Public Support and Enforcement Measures

The government’s decision to implement these measures is backed by strong public support, with nearly 70% of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, and the general public expressing their endorsement for further restrictions on smoking and vaping. To ensure effective enforcement, enforcement agencies, including Border Force and HMRC, are set to receive increased funding, while new fines for shops selling vapes illegally to children will be introduced.

Environmental Impact and Positive Reception

Beyond the health implications, the ban on disposable vapes is also expected to have a positive environmental impact, with an estimated five million disposable vapes being discarded weekly. The move has garnered praise from health and environmental campaigners, reflecting the broader benefits of this decisive action. The growing environmental concerns have also had an effect on our marine and wildlife.

Disposable vapes environmental damage

The government’s forceful stance on banning disposable vapes and restricting vape flavours underscores its commitment to safeguarding the well-being of children and addressing the concerning rise of youth vaping. By taking bold steps to create a smoke-free generation and protect young people from the potential health risks associated with vaping, the UK government is attempting to set precedent for proactive public health policy.

When will the disposable vape ban begin?

The Government aim to bring in legislation to ban disposable vapes as soon as possible. Any legislation will allow for a buffer period of at least 6 months, to allow businesses to adapt. Custom Vapes has been proudly part of the vape industry over a decade now and has been following this subject closely over the past 2 years. Adults will still have access to all our non-disposable vape pod systems and e-Liquids to help them to quit smoking. Lets keep vaping safe and appealing for those who need it the most.

Will this effect all types of vape devices and flavours?

The proposed bill isn’t just about disposable vapes although this will no doubt grab the headlines. While many former adult smokers rely on disposables, a point which shouldn’t in any way be diminished, the government’s attempt to gain further powers to restrict what vape products we have access to could be disastrous. We should all act now and write to our local MP’s and tell them how restrictions on flavours and access to vapes will affect us. If we all speak up together, we can effect real change and save the products that save our lives.

GrimmGreen tries out the CSMNT (Cosmonaut) 24k Postless RDA by District 5ive. Available for retail and wholesale.

Vapetasia Lemonade

Vapetasia are an eliquid manufacturer based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and are responsible for their own Vapetasia eliquid line as well as the Vapetasia Lemonade brand. On their website they state they use only the finest ingredients for their liquids, and all their juices are brewed and bottled within a sterile lab environment, coming in childproof bottles and a presentation box.

Vapetasia Lemonade features two lemonade based eliquids at the moment, Pink Lemonade and Blackberry Lemonade, with Vapetasia’s own take on a timeless beverage available in 30ml bottles and in nicotine strengths of zero, 3mg, 6mg and 12mg. With the weather finally hotting up outside, we thought it would be a great time to have a look at these two summery liquids!

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