Lord Callanan has withdrawn his ‘fatal motion’. He said that it became apparent that, despite the valiant efforts of many in the vaping community, there was no chance of Labour and/or the Liberal Democrats supporting his motion. Following discussions, he had with supportive peers, it was agreed that there was no point pursuing the debate next week when the certainty was defeat, probably overwhelming defeat.
Lord Callanan has now done the next best thing and amended his motion in the hope that opposition peers may support a highly critical ‘regret’ motion:
†Lord Callanan to move that this House regrets that the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 place restrictions on product choice and advertising of vaping devices were devised before evidence had accumulated that vaping was enabling many people to quit smoking, run counter to advice from the Royal College of Physicians to promote vaping and are so severe that they could force vapers back to smoking and create a black market with harmful products; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw them (SI 2015/507).
Lord Callanan has informed us that the Government Chief Whip has agreed to schedule this debate in ‘prime time’ to ensure maximum coverage.
We would like to put on record our thanks to Lord Callanan who once again has gone to great lengths to support the cause of vaping and to make a stand against disproportionate regulation.