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Consultation helps shape our work to inform the development of policy, projects and legislation. It helps us to find out your views and lets us know about any ideas or suggestions you may have. 

Eaisht lesh dagh cleaysh, eisht jean briwnys
Listen with each ear, then decide

We asked, You said, We did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Following engagement with retailers and public bodies, a consultation on the Vapour Products Bill 2023 commenced on Friday 23 December 2022 and concluded on Sunday 29 January 2023, although responses submitted by 1 February 2023 were accepted by the Department.

This was achieved using online survey published on the IoM Government consultation hub. This survey sought views on the main policy goals the Bill was intending to support, quoting parts of the Bill where appropriate, as well as seeking general feedback on the Bill and suggestions for future policy development. To assist the completion of this survey an early draft of the Bill was published at the same time, along with a downloadable copy of the consultation questions.

You said

The Department received submissions from 308 people to this consultation, of which:

  • 294 responses were from members of the public
  • 5 were from vapour products retailers
  • 5 were on behalf of public bodies
  • 1 was from a manufacturer of tobacco and vaping products
  • 1 was from a Manx Advocate
  • 1 was from a Member of Tynwald
  • 1 was from a Trade Union

These responses set out in these submissions can be broadly categorised as: 

Broad agreement with the proposed contents of the Bill

These responses to the Bill were generally in agreement with the proposed contents of the Bill, answering YES to all of the consultations main questions. These responses often expressed concern over vaping by large number of children (17 responses) or vaping in schools (16 responses).

Where feedback was given it was to suggest technical improvements to the drafting of the Bill (e.g. 7 responses suggesting minor corrections to the Bill), or expressing concern as to its enforceability, while still respecting the broad policy goals the Bill is intending to achieve.

Notably, these responses were supportive of the need for better regulation of vapour products labelling (92 responses) and health warning labelling (14 responses), which could be introduced in line with UK regulatory controls (supported by 4 responses) or IOM specific legislation (11 responses).

These responses also highlighted the potential difficulties and costs on retailers of complying with the proposed regulatory controls with suggestions for alternative controls on displays (8 responses) and simply requiring vapour products to be sold from behind the counter (7 responses).

Further controls are needed for vapour products

These responses to the Bill were supportive of the proposed measures, but suggested these could be extended.

The main focus was on removing vapour products from being visible at the point of sale (97 responses) or having the sale of vapour products regulated in a manner similar to tobacco (85 responses).

68 responses expressed concern potential impact of vaping on an individual's health (68 responses), and the effect on the persons around the person vaping, 78 responses also suggested the use of vapour products in public places should be regulated.

Making vaping less visible was also supported with responses advocating for partial or complete bans on vapour product advertising (34 responses), controlling advertising of such products to children (21 responses) and regulating the flavour of such products to make them less attractive (19 responses)

These response were also opposed to there being any exceptions for allowing the sale or supply of vapour products to persons under 18 (62 responses) by their parents or anyone else, with 16 responses expressing concern as to the existing exceptions for the supply of tobacco by parents to persons under 18.

There was significant concern expressed in 68 responses as to the health impact of persons' vaping and those around them, and respondents suggested the age for buying vapour products should be increased to 21 or 25.

Low to no regulation required for vapour products

In this category responses to the Bill were of the view that no legislation is required (19 responses) or more evidence would be needed to support legislation (19 responses), along with the view that vapour products as harmless (5 responses).

These responses were often of the view that retailers were taking sufficient voluntary measures to control the sale of vapour products (7 responses), with no need for lockable cabinets (10 responses), and there was little need for regulatory controls or enforcement powers as a consequence.

Some feedback indicated support for voluntary controls (7 response) or took that view that age controls only needed from 16 (6 responses) in line with voting age restrictions.

Stricter controls required on vapour products, tobacco and tobacco products

This category of responses to the Bill argued for complete, or near complete, bans on the sale and use of vapour products (38 responses).

Such suggestions often extended to a complete, or near complete, ban on the sale of tobacco and tobacco products as well referencing the approach taken in New Zealand and Singapore.

These responses often made the case for stricter regulatory controls than the UK (15 responses), greater enforcement generally (15 responses) and in schools (15 responses), supported by broader enforcement powers for the police (5 responses).

From a retail perspective, if the sale of vapour products was allowed it would only be for persons over 21 (4 responses) or 25 (4 responses) or only for supporting smoking cessation (4 responses).

These views were formed based on the perceived health risks posed by vaping and smoking, the social nuisance value of such activities.
A detailed summary of responses document has been compiled and published on the consultation webpage.

We did

Having considered the consultation feedback, and undertaken further engagement with key stakeholders, a number of amendments to the Bill have been identified and agreed by the Department.

These amendments were:

  • Amending the title of the Bill to refer to 'Vaping Products', rather than 'Vapour Products'
  • Clarifying the definition of vaping products, to ensure the Bill only applied to such products and not to items such as batteries or medical devices
  • Providing that persons acting on 'reasonable belief' that a person is over 18 are not committing an offence under this legislation
  • Enhancing the controls on the display of vaping products in light of feedback from the consultation, removing advertising of vaping products in retail premises, and only allowing the products to be displayed to persons over the age of 18
  • Ensuring the police have the necessary powers to seize and dispose of vaping products being used by persons under 18 in public places
  • Making a number of minor technical changes to improve the drafting and formatting of the Bill. A revised Bill incorporating these changes is in the process of being drafted and will be introduced into the House of Keys at the earliest opportunity

Furthermore, Public Health will:

  • Engage with DEFA on regulating the use of single-use vaping products under the powers provided by the Climate Change Act 2021
  • Undertake further engagement with young people with respect to vaping products

We asked

The Treasury sought views on the Sanctions Bill 2022.

You said

12 responses were received.

Overall no major issues with the Bill were raised.  The issues raised are set out in the consultation response document.

We did

The Treasury is grateful to all who responded to the consultation.

A Consultation Response document has been prepared which provides a summary of responses and corresponding amendments to the Sanctions Bill 2022.

The Treasury plans to finalise the revised Bill and introduce it to the branches of Tynwald in 2023.

We asked

The Treasury sought views on 10 key policy proposals concerning the Public Sector Payments Bill.

You said

58 responses were received.

Each of the policy proposals set were supported by the majority of respondents. Issues raised by respondents are discussed in detail in the Consultation Response document.

We did

The Treasury is grateful to all who responded to the consultation.

A Consultation Response document has been prepared which provides a summary of responses and proposed next steps.