Smoking: E-Cigarettes — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 3rd February 2015.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 2:45 pm, 3rd February 2015

My Lords, we recognise that e-cigarettes are being used by some smokers to help them cut down, or quit, tobacco. That is why the Government are already working towards a regulatory framework that ensures that they meet basic quality standards and are accompanied by sufficient information to enable informed choices. However, we would not wish to see children taking up vaping, as nicotine is a highly addictive substance. That is why we are also introducing a minimum age of sale for these products.