Hangsen E Liquids and Compliance with the TPD

E Cigarettes have now been with us for more than a decade. Early adopters in the UK have been able to enjoy vaping for several years without the intervention of annoying bureaucracy. But it was always inevitable that the powers that be would eventually turn their attention to vaping. After all, they weren’t making any money out of it!

Vaping was one of the few pleasures in life that the EU hadn’t wasted millions of pounds trying to regulate but, of course, all that changed with the now infamous Tobacco Products Directive. From 19th May 2017 all e liquids sold in the UK which contain nicotine, including Hangsen e liquids, must be TPD compliant. So, what does that mean?

Well, a whole world of pain for e liquid producers for a start!

The European Tobacco Product Directive

The directive is predictably complex but here’s a summary of the new regulations for e liquids:

  • E liquids containing nicotine must be supplied in containers no larger than 10ml (which means no more Hangsen E Liquid 30ml bottles). Boo hiss!
  • The maximum permitted nicotine strength is 20mg. Pointless as people will just vape more often.
  • Bottles must be child-proof and tamper evident. But most already are.
  • Packaging must carry the warning “This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance”. No s..t Sherlock!
  • Certain ingredients, including some colourings, taurine and caffeine are banned so expect the EU to turn their attention to coffee shops next.
  • Every product must be tested and notified to the MHRA before being sold.

On the face of it, this all sounds utterly pointless, which it is, and relatively hassle free, which it isn’t! E liquid producers like Hangsen have been faced with enormous costs in order to comply with the directive. It is estimated that it will set them back a massive £14,000 per flavour to comply with the regulations because of the testing involved, the changes to the packaging and the notification process.

Lord Forsyth, an enthusiastic supporter of vaping, highlighted the insanity of the directive when speaking in the House of Lords (watch the video below). In his opinion the regulations will sabotage the vaping industry and make life impossible for small producers who cannot afford the enormous expense involved in complying. The black market for e liquids will flourish, vapers will be robbed of choice and the regulations could lead to fewer people giving up smoking.

It is hard to argue with Lord Forsyth’s assessment of the situation. The directive is clearly full of absurdities and contradictions but we have had to wait until now to see how things were going to pan out. Naturally, the inevitable has happened and e liquid producers are streamlining their ranges.

Hangsen E Liquids

Hangsen are one of the planet’s largest, and best known, e liquid brands. Hangsen e liquids are produced using naturally derived flavourings, 99% pure nicotine, vegetable glycerine and carefully sourced propylene glycol. Hangsen operate a state of the art production facility and rigorously test their juice. You can learn more about this brand in our Hangsen e liquid review. The scale of the business means that Hangsen are in a better position than most to tackle the challenges of the TPD but it appears that even this vaping giant has been forced to reduce the breadth of its offering. The Hangsen e juice range is about to shrink!

Prior to the TPD Hangsen offered the following flavours in 10ml bottles:

  • Amaretto
  • Aniseed
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Berry Family
  • Blackjack
  • Black Cherry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blue Cola
  • Blueberry
  • Bubblegum
  • Butterscotch
  • Cameron
  • Cappuccino
  • Caramel Mocha
  • Caramel Toffee
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Berry
  • Cherry Cigar
  • Cherry Coke
  • Cherry Menthol
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Banana
  • Cigar
  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee
  • Cotton Candy
  • Deluxe Tobacco
  • Double Mint
  • Energy Drink
  • Fennel
  • First Kiss (Vanilla Custard)
  • Flavourless 30PG/70VG
  • Flavourless 70PG/30VG
  • Flue Cured
  • Fruit Flavoured Bubblegum
  • Fruit Mix
  • Fruit Punch
  • Gold & Silver
  • Golden Tree
  • Golden Vi
  • Granny Smith
  • Grape
  • Green Mint
  • HS Menthol Sensation - Premium
  • Ice Cream
  • Ice Mint
  • Instrument
  • Irish Cream
  • Juice Matto
  • Juicy Peach
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Limed
  • Lemonade
  • Liquorice
  • Mango
  • Menthol
  • Mint
  • Mint Blast
  • Mint Candy
  • Mint King
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Mocha
  • Mojito
  • Orange
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peach
  • Melon Blast
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pear Drops
  • Pepper Soda
  • Peppermint
  • Pina Colada
  • Pineapple
  • Pipe
  • Rainbow
  • Raspberry
  • Red Cola
  • Red Energy
  • Refresher
  • Rhubarb and Custard
  • Rolling Tobacco
  • RY6 - Premium
  • RY4
  • Skittles
  • Smooth
  • Tobacco
  • Spearmint
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Mint Mix
  • Strong Mint
  • Tequila
  • Tic Tac Orange
  • Tobacco
  • USA Mix
  • USA Mix Mint
  • Vanilla
  • Vimto
  • Virginia Tobacco
  • Watermelon

Post-TPD, the Hangsen E Juice menu looks like this (all 10ml):

Below is a list of flavours that will only be available in limited strength options

  • Bubblegum - 12mg, 18mg
  • Cigar - 12mg, 18mg
  • Cinnamon – 18mg
  • Coconut – 12mg
  • Deluxe Tobacco – 18mg
  • Golden Tree – 12mg, 18mg
  • Caramel – 18mg
  • PR Tobacco – 12mg, 18mg
  • Red Tea - 18mg
  • ST Tobacco – 18mg
  • Strong Mint – 12mg, 18mg
  • Supermint – 18mg
  • Tobacco Blend – 18mg

Obviously Hangsen have thought carefully about the restructuring of their range and, in the main, have chosen to discontinue the less popular flavours. But this approach is of little consolation if those flavours happen to be popular with you! Certainly Mint King and Skittles were firm favourites with Vapester customers and so we are not happy to see those two go. In our opinion First Kiss, a smooth vanilla custard flavour, was also a nice vape as was Mojito.

The following Hangsen Liquid flavours were available in 30ml bottles before the TPD but clearly won’t be now:

  • Aniseed
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Black Cherry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Bubblegum
  • Cherry
  • Cherry menthol
  • Cigar
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Deluxe Tobacco
  • Gold & Silver
  • Golden Tree
  • Golden Vi
  • Grape
  • Green Mint
  • Highway
  • Ice Mint
  • Juicey Peach
  • Kiwi Mix
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Limed
  • Menthol
  • Mint
  • Mint Blast
  • Mint King
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Pipe
  • Rainbow
  • Raspberry
  • Red Cola
  • Red Energy
  • Ry4
  • Smooth
  • Spearmint
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Mint Mix
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco Mint
  • USA Mix
  • Vanilla
  • Virginia Tobacco
  • Watermelon

Below is a list of the flavours being totally discontinued (for now at least)

Hangsen Series 8 and Hangsen Honor Series

It should also be noted that all Hangsen Series 8 Flavours are being discontinued. However, there is some good news! Which seems unlikely under the circumstances! Hangsen UK are launching the Honor Series. These premium juices are 50PG/50VG, unlike the standard range which is 70PG/30VG. The new juice will be available in four nicotine strengths – 0mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg. These Hangsen liquids are suitable for any device but you can expect more voluminous clouds.

Why Honor, we hear you ask. Apparently, the flavours were selected by a panel of global business partners and consumers and Hangsen say that some are “legendary”. There are fruit, tobacco, dessert, drink and mint flavours to choose from plus Ginger Secret and Strawnilla which were popular picks from the Series 8 collection.

The New series has been created to honour the world’s vapers. Perhaps they could have honoured UK vapers with the correct spelling! But then they have already been forced to fork out a small fortune to repackage the range in order to comply with the TPD. UK specific branding was, perhaps, a bridge too far!

The Hangsen Honor Series features the following flavours:

Conclusions

It is likely that the TPD is going to cause a bit of a shake-up when it comes to flavours. If vaping giants like Hangsen feel the need to streamline, then it is likely that all producers will be forced to reconsider the breadth of their offering. This will restrict your choices but there are still going to be a broad range of diverse flavours to choose from.

The whole situation is incredibly frustrating. The new regulations seem rather pointless and will cost everyone a great deal of money whilst achieving very little. The 10ml volume restriction is particularly insane as no limits have been placed on how many of the smaller bottles you can buy. You are still able to purchase 30ml of juice but you will have to buy three separate bottles to get it. Perhaps someone from the European Commission would be kind enough to explain the logic behind this absurd regulation.

The European Commission would doubtless claim that they are attempting to protect vapers from over indulging. We think that vapers need protecting from pointless bureaucracy.