Smoking: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th November 2021.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Chair, Finance Committee (Commons), Chair, Finance Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the (a) appeal and (b) availability of (i) e-cigarettes and (ii) other nicotine products to children.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

E-cigarettes in the United Kingdom are regulated by the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR) and the Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015 (NIP). These regulations aim to reduce the risk of harm to children and include restrictions on mainstream television and radio advertising; requirements on the packaging and labelling of e-cigarettes, prevent sale to under 18s; and limit both tank sizes and nicotine content.

We are currently undertaking a post implementation review of TRPR to assess if the regulations are meeting their objectives. The Government aims to publish its response by the end of the year. The post implementation review on the Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015 is available at the following link:

Tobacco legislation coming into force between 2010 and 2015: post implementation review - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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