To prevent children from becoming addicted to nicotine, the sale of disposable vapes will be banned in Britain.
This was announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday.
“You talk to any parent or teacher, they’ll talk to you about the worrying rise in vaping among children. 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.”
This is a long-term plan as well, as the government aims to propose a ban to make the buying of cigarettes completely illegal to the youth.
Officials believe that the colours and flavours of vapes are also to blame for the increasing number of children who are vaping.
With this in mind, a restriction on flavours that are “specifically marketed at children” will come into effect next year.
The Associated Press reports that disposable vapes, or e-cigarettes, are behind an alarming rise in vaping among children under 18, Sunak said, with 9% of 11 to 15-year-olds now using vapes, according to figures provided by the government.
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