HUMZA Yousaf could ban the sale of disposable vapes in a major legal upheaval.
But the brightly colored electronic alternatives have raised environmental and health concerns about waste reduction and have attracted young people, including schoolchildren, to them.
The First Minister had said earlier this year As a former health secretary, he would “consider” banning the devices.
Today, Mr Yousaf reiterated his stance and said “nothing is off the table” as he revealed a Scottish Government expert group is currently considering a ban on disposable vapes.
Questioned by Scottish Greens MP Gillian Mackay during First Minister’s Question Time, he confirmed that Zero Waste Scotland would look into the environmental impact of single-use plastic devices.
This includes considering the waste epidemic and the risk of fire that can occur if a battery powered device ends up in a landfill.
The First Minister also recognized the health effects of e-cigarettes as well as the risk to children.
In response to Ms Mackay’s questions, he said: “We will take that into account.”
“Waste of any kind is of course unacceptable.
“I share the member’s concern about the environmental impact of disposable vaporizers, not to mention their increasing use by children and young people who should not have access to them at all.
“I want to be very clear that we take the use of these products very seriously and nothing is off the table at this time.”
Until now, A warning has been sent to parents due to the alarming number of school children Who is vaping revealed.
New figures show that one in ten S4 students, around the age of 15, has used e-cigarettes once a week or more often.
Statistics show that e-cigarette use is increasing in the UK, hitting record levels last year.
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