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The Upcoming Disposable Vape Ban: Everything We Know

The Upcoming Disposable Vape Ban Everything We Know

Disposable vape users aged 11 to 17 have increased ninefold in the last two years, spurring a new law set to ban them in the UK as part of a plan to tackle youth vaping and protect children’s health, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak announced.

As part of the bill, the government plans on reducing the amount of flavours e-liquids come in, to just four, subject to a future consultation. This may remove the availability of sweet, fruity flavours that are thought to entice young people. Plain packaging could also be introduced along with restrictions on how vapes are displayed in shops.

A new law has already been proposed which would make it an offence to sell tobacco products to anyone born after 1st January 2009, delivering on the pledge to create a smoke-free generation by 2030. The ban will also apply to vaping alternatives such as nicotine pouches as children are turning to these increasingly popular products.

Why Are Disposable Vapes Being Banned?

The number of children vaping has tripled in the last few years. There’s evidence to suggest that easy to access disposables are to blame.

As well as the implications on children’s health, Environmental Secretary Steve Barclay has said that “nearly 5 million disposable vapes are thrown away every week”, which is up from 1.3 million last year.

The Prime Minister has said “as any parent or teacher knows, one of the most worrying trends at the moment is the rise in vaping among children, and so we must act before it becomes endemic.”

What Does This Mean For OK VAPE?

Our newest range, the disposable cigalike, is unlikely to be affected by the proposed ban as they are designed primarily as a smoking cessation aid and help thousands in transitioning to a smoke-free, healthier lifestyle. According to the latest Cochrane review, there is evidence that vaping has contributed to 50,000 to 70,000 fewer smokers per year.

At OK VAPE we have strict measures in place to ensure that all of our customers are age-checked and over the age of 18 when making a purchase. We don’t recommend E-Cigarettes to anyone who doesn’t already smoke or vape, only as a tool to help you to quit smoking.

When Will The Disposable Vape Ban Begin?

The ban could take effect as early as 2025, with a 6-month buffer period to allow retailers to sell through their current stock and adapt to the new changes. The legislation will be debated in parliament before the next election with 70% of ministers already backing the ban.

Trading standards officers will have the ability to act ‘on the spot’ and bring in simpler £100 fixed penalty fines for shops in England and Wales that sell vapes to children.

Where Does the Disposable Vape Ban Cover?

The ban is expected to be introduced across the whole of the UK, the government have said. A similar ban is already effective in Australia and New Zealand, with lots of European countries not far behind.

Can I Still Buy Disposable E-Cigarettes?

Disposable vapes are still available to purchase in the UK. If/when the ban takes place, it may be as long as 18 months from now before disposable vapes disappear off our shelves.

What Alternatives Are There If Disposable Vapes Are Banned?

If all disposable vape pens are banned, then we do stock refillable and rechargeable equivalents. These have less of a negative impact on the environment and actually cost less.

These reusable vaping products will still be legal, but subject to stricter regulations.

What Does the Disposable Vaping Ban Mean For Young People?

The number of children using vapes has tripled in the last three years. Research has shown that e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers who are not former or current smokers. A recent study by University College London found that between January 2021 and January 2022, the proportion of 18 year old vapers using disposable e-cigarettes increased from 1% to 57%.

By restricting the number of flavours available, controlling how shops display the vapes as well as cracking down on packaging and banning single-use models, the government hopes for them to become less attractive to young people.

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