Electronic Cigarettes: Sales

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10 May 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) banning the sale of vaping devices and (b) providing vaping devices to active smokers.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have no current plans to make an assessment. There is clear evidence that vapes are substantially less harmful to health than smoking and are an effective tool to help smokers to quit. On 11 April 2023, we announced a new national swap to stop scheme offering a million active smokers across England a free vaping starter kit alongside behavioural support.

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