UK Government Plans To Ban Disposable Vapes

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Rishi Sunak has announced plans to ban disposable vapes in a bid to crack down on their use among children.

The UK Government, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, has announced plans to ban disposable vapes and introduce new restrictions on vape flavours. This approach aims to address the alarming rise of vaping among children and protect them from the potential health risks associated with nicotine dependency. 

It will become illegal for anyone born after January 1 2009 to buy any tobacco products under the prime minister’s plan to create a smoke-free generation.

During a visit to a school, Mr Sunak said the ban was balanced and the “right” action to take.
  1. “You talk to any parent or teacher, they’ll talk to you about the worrying rise in vaping among children,” he said.
  2. “Children shouldn’t be vaping, we don’t want them to get addicted, we still don’t understand the full long-term health impacts of vaping. So it is right we take strong action to stamp this out.”
  3. He said it was “important that we maintain vapes for adult smokers who want to stop” but that his proposals were “balanced”.
  4. “We have got the balance right, supporting adult smokers to stop smoking… but targeting all the things that make sure children don’t have access to vapes.”
  5. Smoking remains the UK’s single biggest preventable killer, causing around one in four cancer deaths and leading to 80,000 deaths per year, while the health effects of vaping remain unknown.
Banning Disposable Vapes and Restricting Flavours

The government’s proposed ban on disposable vapes, along with the introduction of powers to restrict vape flavours, marks a decisive step in curbing the appeal of these products to children. This action is part of a broader legislative effort that requires approval by parliament, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing the concerning trend of youth vaping.

The Governments of Scotland and Wales have also announced their intention to prohibit single-use vapes. This proposed ban, which is part of legislation requiring approval by parliament, is a response to growing apprehension about the increasing prevalence of vaping among children. Teachers have reported observing signs of nicotine dependency among students in the classroom, underscoring the urgency of addressing this issue through legislative action.

Creating a Smoke-Free Generation In the UK

In line with the government’s pledge to create a smoke-free generation, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans to make it illegal to sell tobacco products to individuals born on or after January 1, 2009. Additionally, vaping alternatives such as nicotine pouches will also be outlawed, signalling a comprehensive approach to reducing nicotine exposure among young people.

Announcing the move ahead of a visit to a school on Monday, Rishi Sunak said:
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

“As any parent or teacher knows, one of the most worrying trends at the moment is the rise in vaping among children, and so we must act before it becomes endemic.

“The long-term impacts of vaping are unknown and the nicotine within them can be highly addictive, so while vaping can be a useful tool to help smokers quit, marketing vapes to children is not acceptable.

“That is why 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 flavours, introduce plain packaging and change how vapes are displayed in shops.

“Alongside our commitment to stop children who turn 15 this year or younger from ever legally being sold cigarettes, these changes will leave a lasting legacy by protecting our children’s health for the long term.”

Public Support and Enforcement Measures

The government’s decision to implement these measures is backed by strong public support, with nearly 70% of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, and the general public expressing their endorsement for further restrictions on smoking and vaping. To ensure effective enforcement, enforcement agencies, including Border Force and HMRC, are set to receive increased funding, while new fines for shops selling vapes illegally to children will be introduced.

Environmental Impact and Positive Reception

Beyond the health implications, the ban on disposable vapes is also expected to have a positive environmental impact, with an estimated five million disposable vapes being discarded weekly. The move has garnered praise from health and environmental campaigners, reflecting the broader benefits of this decisive action. The growing environmental concerns have also had an effect on our marine and wildlife.

Disposable vapes environmental damage

The government’s forceful stance on banning disposable vapes and restricting vape flavours underscores its commitment to safeguarding the well-being of children and addressing the concerning rise of youth vaping. By taking bold steps to create a smoke-free generation and protect young people from the potential health risks associated with vaping, the UK government is attempting to set precedent for proactive public health policy.

When will the disposable vape ban begin?

The Government aim to bring in legislation to ban disposable vapes as soon as possible. Any legislation will allow for a buffer period of at least 6 months, to allow businesses to adapt. Custom Vapes has been proudly part of the vape industry over a decade now and has been following this subject closely over the past 2 years. Adults will still have access to all our non-disposable vape pod systems and e-Liquids to help them to quit smoking. Lets keep vaping safe and appealing for those who need it the most.

Will this effect all types of vape devices and flavours?

The proposed bill isn’t just about disposable vapes although this will no doubt grab the headlines. While many former adult smokers rely on disposables, a point which shouldn’t in any way be diminished, the government’s attempt to gain further powers to restrict what vape products we have access to could be disastrous. We should all act now and write to our local MP’s and tell them how restrictions on flavours and access to vapes will affect us. If we all speak up together, we can effect real change and save the products that save our lives.