The Government has this week announced a range of measures, that will include a ban on disposable vapes, as part of ambitious plans to tackle the rise in youth vaping and protect children's health.
This follows on from a consultation launched by the Government in October last year, to ask questions on proposed action to protect future generations from the harms of smoking and to crack down on youth vaping.
The Government's plans include banning disposable vapes, restricting vape flavours, and changing the way in which manufacturer's produce packaging designs.
Recent figures show the number of children using vapes in the past 3 years has tripled. Use among younger children is also rising, with 9% of 11 to 15 year olds now using vapes. The long-term health impacts of vaping are unknown and the nicotine contained within them can be highly addictive, with withdrawal sometimes causing anxiety, trouble concentrating and headaches. While vaping can play a role in helping adult smokers to quit, children should never vape.
I support the plans set out to tackle vaping, to ensure that young people in my Mid Worcestershire constituency are protected from the harms of vaping.