Nicotine: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 18 October 2023.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to restrict the sale of high-strength nicotine pouches to people under 18.

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

Prevalence of nicotine pouches remains low, and whilst there is currently no age of sale restrictions on nicotine pouches, manufacturers do print age restrictions on their packs.

The UK Government and devolved administrations recently launched a consultation on our proposals for a smokefree generation. This includes whether the government should regulate other consumer nicotine products, such as nicotine pouches, under a similar regulatory framework as nicotine vapes. The consultation can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/creating-a-smokefree-generation-and-tackling-youth-vaping

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