Deputy Liam McKenna asked the Committee for Health & Social Care to investigate the effects of e-cigarette use since he “felt there was a loophole in importing products… such as the American liquids”.
He told Express “there’s no regulation of people importing what they want,” adding that “we don’t know what they’re importing”.
Deputy McKenna said he had only asked if “[HSC] would have a look” into this area when he raised concerns during May’s States Assembly meeting.
His concerns are largely predicated on the ability of people as young as 11-years-old obtaining unregulated vaping products, such as American liquids, through the internet.
When asked if new regulations could feasibly be enacted within this States’ term, Deputy McKenna said only “if HSC are happy to”.
Pictured: Diacetyl is permitted as an ingredient for e-liquid in North America, which some have argued causes bronchiolitis obliterans or 'popcorn lung'.
Express spoke to several local e-cigarette retailers who confirmed that all their e-liquids are purchased from UK-based wholesalers and are therefore heavily regulated.
“I think it’s great that the [local] retailers are following the UK,” said Deputy McKenna.
Jon Soden, owner of Vazon Vapes, told Express that his company made the conscious decision to purchase their liquids from UK companies "where some of the most stringent regulations have been in place since 2016”.
He added: “The UK continues to lead the way with it's regulation, harm reduction strategies, and it's smoke free goal; any proposed vaping regulation in Guernsey would need to be in line with the UK's."
Pictured (top): Deputy Liam McKenna.
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