Electronic Cigarettes: Health Education

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 28 November 2023.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she plans to take steps raise awareness of (a) the levels of nicotine in and (b) the risk of addiction from vape devices.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Vaping is substantially less harmful than cigarettes and one of the most effective cessation aids, however due to the addictive nicotine content and the unknown long-term harms it is not recommended for children and non-smokers.

As part of the requirements under Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016, every nicotine vape packet must contain a health warning, “warning: this product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance”. Requirements also limit nicotine strength to 20mg/ml and limit refill bottle and tank sizes.

The NHS Better Health website provides information and advice on using vapes to quit smoking and includes advice on how to quit vaping.

The Government launched a consultation in October 2023 seeking views on our plans to crack down on youth vaping by reducing the appeal, availability and affordability of vapes to our children. This is live until 6 December 2023 and is available at the following link:

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

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