UK Vape shops forced to close again during the second lockdown
As a second wave of COVID 19 returns to the UK this winter, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a full lockdown in England starting on Thursday 5th of November for 4 weeks, to remain in place until Thursday 2nd December which could be extended.
For a second time, vape shops have been listed as non essential, forcing them to close their doors to customers and plunging hundreds of already struggling UK shop owners into even more uncertain times, whilst putting additional pressure on Vapers when it comes to keeping stocked up on their favourite products.
Unfortunately this will lead to some people switching back to cigarettes, putting their health at risk, undoing all of the hard work and determination it has taken to give up smoking in the first place.
E-cigarettes are much safer than tobacco cigarettes: Researchers have found that people who swapped regular cigarettes for e-cigarettes, for at least six months, had much lower levels of toxic and cancer-causing substances in their body than those who continued to smoke. As a result of this, I believe that Vape shops should be classified as essential retail and allowed to stay open, following the same COVID safe regulations as other shops.
You can buy vaping products from your local newsagent or supermarket, but the few products they have to offer may be over priced, poor tasting and hardware does not perform to the standards of your current device.
However, you can still get your essential vape products! Non-essential retail can remain open for local delivery to customers and click-and-collect. Many vape shops and online stores are offering these services in your area, so before you head to Amazon or Ebay contact your local store and continue to support local businesses during these challenging times.
If you're wondering what you can do to further support your local vape shops: you can write to your local MP, its the best way to highlight the importance of vaping as an essential and effective way of quitting smoking and improving your over health and well being. The IBVTA (Independent British Vape Trade Association) is running a campaign, providing letter templates that you can complete as either a Vape Shop owner, or a customer, to send to your Local MP to get your voice heard and put some weight behind the argument to keep our shops open.
Stay safe, Support Local Business and keep Vaping!