(AmericanProsperity.com) – The United Kingdom recently came out and announced that they would be banning disposable vapes. They decided to ban them due to the “alarming number of young people using them.” These restrictions will also change how vapes can be packaged and what kind of flavors they can come in.
The bright, colorful e-cigarettes and vapes have gone away in recent years in some countries due to concerns over their effect on young user’s health. UK health officials discussed many different issues that can come from these vapes and e-cigarettes, which prompted the ban.
The UK government pointed out that the withdrawal from these vapes, because of the small amounts of nicotine, can be difficult. They said that it can include symptoms of “anxiety, trouble concentrating, and headaches. While vaping can play a role in helping adult smokers to quit, children should never vape.”
In the UK currently, it’s illegal to sell vapes to children under 18 years old, but according to reports from the government, 9% of vape users are between the ages of 11 and 15, which is well below the 18-year mark.
Many others have also revealed the environmental impacts of vapes and the fact that they are difficult to recycle and contain hazardous liquids and flammables. In fact, reports show that 5 million disposable vapes are thrown away every single week.
Alex Robinson, CEO of Charity Hubbub said, “Each one contains a battery and a circuit board, with precious metals like lithium. But it’s too expensive to recycle them, and most are just chucked in the bin.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak even spoke out about vaping and its effects, saying, “The long-term impacts of vaping are unknown and the nicotine within them can be highly addictive, so while vaping can be a useful tool to help smokers quit, marketing vapes to children is not acceptable.”
On the other hand, some feel that these vapes actually do a lot of good by helping people to quit smoking cigarettes. Jacob George, chair of cardiovascular medicine and therapeutics said, “It is a useful adjunct for helping people who smoke tobacco cigarettes to quit. Government legislation in this area should be nuanced and careful.”
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