February 9, 2023
Dr. Caroline Johnson, Tory MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, has on Wednesday (8 February) introduced a private member’s bill to prohibit the sale of disposable vapes.
Moving the Ten Minute Rule bill in the House of Commons, Dr. Johnson has pointed out issues like non-smokers and teenagers taking up the product and the environmental waste generated by the disposable vapes.
“I know that the government are committed to achieving a smoke-free generation by 2030, but disposable vapes are adding little to reusable ones in this regard. Indeed, their greatest risk is creating a new generation of nicotine addicts. I fear that a new national health crisis is brewing under our noses,” she said.
“By banning the sale of disposable vapes, we will encourage a more sustainable way of utilising e-cigarettes as quitting aids and make vaping less accessible to children, preventing an epidemic of teenage nicotine addicts and protecting our planet.”
The bill will now be read a second time on 24 March.
Recently, the Scottish government has commissioned an urgent review of the environmental impacts and management of single-use vapes, saying that the review will inform potential policy responses, which could include a ban of the products.