Having led the campaign to crack down on youth vaping, I was delighted to sit down with the Prime Minister last week to discuss the Government's announcement today that we will take decisive action to protect children's health and the environment by:
- Banning disposable vapes which have driven alarming rise in youth vaping
- Restricting vape flavours
- Introducing plain packaging
- Changing how vapes are displayed in shops so they don’t appeal to children
I have been leading on this work in Parliament, having introduced my Bill to ban disposable vapes in February last year where I highlighted the health and environmental impact of the devices. Since then, the Government launched a consultation and found that nearly 70% of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and the general public were supportive of the measure.
I know that teen vaping has been a real concern for schools in Sleaford and North Hykeham. Nicotine is highly addictive, so I am pleased that these steps have been taken today to stop teen vaping in its tracks and ensure that vapes remain as a tool for ex-smokers rather than being marketed towards children.