Government Ministers have announced the intention to impose stricter regulations to address underage vaping and crack down on the illegal sale of e-cigarettes to individuals under 18. To enforce these rules, a dedicated “illicit vapes enforcement squad” will be established, led by Trading Standards and supported by £3m in funding. This squad will conduct test purchases and remove banned products from stores and borders. Additionally, the government plans to launch a call for evidence to explore ways to reduce underage access and use of vapes.
Concerns have been raised about the increasing prevalence of youth vaping in Britain, as highlighted by a recent survey from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Vape manufacturers have welcomed the measures to tackle illegal sales, supporting efforts to limit the supply of e-cigarettes to minors. However, some health experts argue that more action is needed to make e-cigarettes less appealing to children in order to effectively address underage vaping.
Learn more about the Governments actions to try to tackle this increasingly worrying issues around under age access to e-cigarettes/vaping.