DISPOSABLE vapes could be banned under new laws to prevent children becoming addicted to them
Health ministers are preparing to take action after growing concerns that companies are marketing the products to people under 18.
What is a disposable vaporizer?
Disposable vaporizers do not require setting up, refilling, or charging.
On average, a disposable vaporizer can produce between 200 and 800 hits.
They are becoming increasingly popular because they are easy to purchase and are touted as being “healthier” than traditional cigarettes.
Vapes are sold in supermarkets and corner shops across the UK and come in sweet and fruity flavors such as bubblegum, strawberry lemonade and blueberry.
Why is the government banning disposable vapes?
Disposable vapes could soon be banned to prevent children becoming addicted to them.
Health ministers say disposable e-cigarettes target younger teenagers despite an age limit of 18.
This comes after a number of other countries took action on e-cigarettes.
Australia has already banned all forms of vaping, while Germany has banned all flavored e-cigarettes.
New Zealand has also stopped disposable vaping, while vaping is also illegal in India, Uganda, Singapore and many other countries.
When will disposable vapes be banned?
The Daily Telegraph reported that the decision will be announced in a Department of Health and Social Care consultation next week (September 18-23).
Appearing on Sky News on September 12, Science Minister Michelle Donelan did not confirm a ban but said the government would make “further announcements on this”.
She said: “We have investigated this and carried out a review as this is a very worrying trend that we are seeing.
“Young children are starting to vape who have never smoked before and it is extremely dangerous to their health and wellbeing and we must act against it.
“And as a government we are trying to identify what the biggest challenges are.”
A ban would apply in England and continue to allow the use of reusable e-cigarettes.
The devolved administrations would set their own policies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
What are the side effects of using a disposable vaporizer?
Because e-cigarettes are still a relatively new product, it is still too early to assess the health effects.
However, many studies show that vaping is far less harmful than smoking.
This is because e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, which has been linked to the development of cancer.
But vapes are not risk-free.
They can cause side effects such as throat and mouth irritation, headache, cough and nausea.
It has also been reported that e-cigarettes have been linked to at least five deaths in the UK.
How many cigarettes are in a disposable vaporizer?
If a disposable contains 2ml of e-liquid, this is roughly equivalent to a pack of 20 cigarettes.
Vapes with 10 ml of e-liquid are equivalent to about 100 cigarettes.