Plain packaging, disposables ban and no retail displays for vapes urges Public Health Wales

The same restrictions that currently apply to tobacco products should be applied to the marketing, packaging and display of e-cigarettes, according to a new consultation response by Public Health Wales.

In its response to a UK Government consultation on tackling smoking and youth vaping, Public Health Wales has also reaffirmed its strong support for raising the age of tobacco sale in the UK.

The organisation also supports a total ban on disposable vapes, as these are very strongly associated with rises in vaping amongst children and young people, as well as having clear environmental harms.

Whilst vapes can help adult smokers to quit, rises in vaping amongst those who have never smoked, in particular children and young people, raises concerns that companies are targeting new markets for nicotine addiction. Ensuring products cannot be marketed in ways that appeal to children and young people is essential to address those concerns.

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