Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 1st November 2017.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice) 9:30 am, 1st November 2017

I thank the hon. Gentleman for securing the debate; he is making some excellent points. In my constituency of Nottinghamshire, there is a class dimension to this. Of those in managerial and professional occupations, 8% are still smoking cigarettes; that rises to 26% of those in routine and manual occupations in the Nottinghamshire population, so this is a social justice issue as well as a health issue. Vaping is much cheaper and safer, so it should not be taxed, and people should stop deterring it in public places. The hon. Gentleman is right: we have finally found a way to stop smoking. We should celebrate it, and I say that as somebody who has stopped smoking and now vapes.