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Ministers are reportedly set to ban disposable vapes believed to be targeted at children and getting many young people hooked on nicotine.
Health ministers are believed to be preparing an announcement for as early as next week.
Tonight the Telegraph reported ministers have decided single-use vapes are now overwhelmingly targeting at children, using bright colours and sweet flavours.
A senior Whitehall insider told the paper: “Disposable vapes are almost entirely aimed at kids and they are environmentally damaging”.
“There is a wide consensus emerging on the need to act.”
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According to latest statistics, 11.6 percent of 11-17-year-olds have tried vaping, up from 7.7 percent last year.
Last week, Labour called for a ban on marketing vapes to children, such as plain packaging and flavour restrictions.
The proposed Government ban will go much further than that, banning popular brands altogether.
In May, the PM voiced concerns that vape companies are focusing on young people, not least as a father of two young girls.
Mr Sunak told This Morning: “I have two young girls. I’m also worried about that. It looks like they are targeted at kids, which is ridiculous. I don’t want my kids to be seduced by any of these things”.
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Sir Chris Whitty’s advice has previously been: “If you smoke, vaping is much safer; if you don’t smoke, don’t vape, and marketing to children is utterly unacceptable”.
A new consultation will put forward the proposals as early as next week, but would only apply in England.
A law change may be needed, however the Government may struggle to pass it before the General Election.
Professor John Britton of the University of Nottingham has earned that it is “madness to start vaping” if you don’t already use nicotine in any shape or form.
He predicts that in 40 to 50 years, we will start to see people developing lung cancer and chronic bronchitis as a result of vaping.
The Government is also developing a new resource pack for schools on vaping, which will see the health risks taught alongside drugs and alcohol in PSHE lessons.
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