- Health groups say single-use e-cigarettes are a ‘rising danger’
- Therese Coffey and Health Secretary Steve Barclay wrote an open letter
- It was claimed that cheap vapes are getting kids addicted to nicotine
- Nearly 1.3 million disposable vape devices are thrown away every week
Disposable vapes pose a risk to children’s health and the environment and must be banned, doctors and charities warned yesterday.
Single-use e-cigarettes are a ‘risingly growing threat’, according to environmental and health groups who have written an open letter to Environment Secretary Therese Coffey and Health Secretary Steve Barclay.
Signatories including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the RSPCA and the Marine Conservation Society.
It is claimed that cheap vapes that come in fruity flavors to attract youth are making children addicted to nicotine.
FILE PHOTO: Single-use e-cigarettes are a ‘fast growing threat’, according to environment and health groups who have written an open letter to Environment Secretary Therese Coffey and Health Secretary Steve Barclay.
The letter said: ‘The uptake among young people is particularly worrying, with many health professionals warning that, rather than helping existing smokers to quit the habit, they could create an entirely new generation hooked on nicotine. Huh.
‘The harms of vaping have not yet been fully established, but there is concern about an increased risk of chronic lung conditions.’
The groups also argue that disposable vapes are ‘unnecessary electrical items’ that contain single-use plastics, nicotine and batteries, all of which are ‘dangerous to the environment and wildlife’.
According to research from Materials Focus, the roughly 1.3 million disposable vape devices thrown away each week — or two every second — are enough to fill 22 football pitches in a year.
The groups say that because reusable vapes are available, banning single-use e-cigarettes could undermine public health efforts to help people quit smoking or the government’s commitment to achieving a smoke-free generation by 2030. Will not stop
Libby Peak of the Green Alliance environmental think-tank, which organized the letter, said: ‘We need to move towards sustainable and reusable products that don’t harm wildlife and invent new ways to waste valuable resources Huh.’
File photo: Around 1.3 million disposable vape devices are thrown away every week – or two every second – enough to fill 22 football pitches in a year
It comes after US researchers found that people who floss have a higher risk of tooth cavities.
And vaping appears to encourage decay in areas where it doesn’t usually occur, such as the lower edges of the front teeth.
A previous study published in the journal PLOS One compared e-cigarettes to sugary and acidic drinks.
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