Electronic Cigarettes: Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 5 September 2022.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the paper by Action and Smoking and Health entitled Use of e-cigarettes among young people in Great Britain 2022, published on 7 July 2022.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent the underage use of e-cigarettes.

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

The Government supports the use of vapes or e-cigarettes solely as a tool for adult smokers trying to quit smoking. We strongly discourage the use among children and young people.

Regulations in the United Kingdom aim to prevent the uptake of vaping by children and young people. These include restrictions on mainstream TV and radio advertising; requirements on the messaging on packaging and labelling; sales bans to under 18 year olds; and limits on tank sizes and nicotine content. We are currently exploring additional measures to protect children and young people from starting vaping and we will set out further action in due course.

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