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, with reference to the independent review entitled the Khan review: making smoking obsolete, published in June 2022, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of that report's recommendations on restricting the use of youth-appealing (a) packaging and (b) flavour naming for e-cigarettes.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the independent review by Dr Javed Khan OBE on preventing youth access to vaping products, whether his Department plans to provide funding for the implementation of the recommendation on promoting vaping as an effective tool to help people quit smoking tobacco.

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

We are considering the recommendations made by the Khan Review, including measures to protect children and young people from starting vaping and how vaping can be promoted as an effective tool to help people quit smoking tobacco. We are assessing a range of options, including the potential benefits of banning cartoon characters, images and flavour names which might be appealing to children.

In response to the Review, we will publish a new Tobacco Control Plan in due course, including any potential funding proposals related to vaping.

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