Electronic Cigarettes: Children

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7 July 2023.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask His Majesty's Government how many retailers have been prosecuted for selling disposable vapes to children.

Photo of Lord Bellamy Lord Bellamy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice publishes information on prosecutions, convictions and sentence outcomes in the Outcomes by Offence data tool, including offences as set out in the Offence Group Classification, both found via the following link: Criminal Justice System statistics quarterly: December 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). This includes the number of prosecutions for offences contrary to regulations under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (09185) and the sale of tobacco to person under 18 years of age (14401).

However, whether this was specifically regarding the sale of disposable vapes to children is not held centrally in the Court Proceedings Database. This information may be held on court records but to examine individual court records would incur disproportionate costs.

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