In a decisive move to address the alarming increase in youth vaping, the United Kingdom is set to introduce legislation banning disposable e-cigarettes. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in a pre-announcement statement, expressed concern over the rising trend of vaping among children, emphasizing the need for prompt action.
“I am taking bold action to ban disposable vapes -– which have driven the rise in youth vaping –- and bring forward new powers to restrict vape flavors, introduce plain packaging, and change how vapes are displayed in shops,” Sunak stated.
The decision comes in response to recent figures indicating a nearly ninefold increase in the proportion of vapers under the age of 18 using disposable e-cigarettes over the past two years.
To reinforce this measure, the government plans to impose fines on shops in England and Wales found selling vapes illegally to children, underscoring the commitment to protecting the younger population from the risks associated with nicotine addiction.
Health experts have welcomed the proposal, with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty stating that the legislation will have a “major public health impact across many future generations.”
This initiative aligns with Sunak’s broader goal, as last year, he proposed plans to eventually make the UK a smoke-free nation. The government’s dedication to fostering a healthier environment for its citizens remains evident in these regulatory steps.
Source: Punch Newspapers
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