The British government promised this Tuesday that it would answer a legal loophole that allows shops and businesses to give free samples of electronic cigarettes to minors. Crackdown on this product, whose colorful design and fruity flavor make it stand out on grocery store shelves.
“I am very concerned about the fort increased consumption Shocked by reports of e-cigarettes being used by children and illegal e-cigarettes containing lead in the hands of school children,” said the UK Prime Minister. Sage Sunak.“The illegal marketing and sale of vapers to children is completely unacceptable,” Sunak said.
The statement cited a 2023 survey conducted among 11-17-year-olds by the public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), which found 2 in 5 young people say they smoke vapes just to try. do, while 1 in 5 said they did so under peer pressure.
The problem is not unique to the UK, where the sale of vapers to people under the age of 18 is illegal. A survey found an estimated 2.55 million US middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes during the first half of 2022, a level that health officials said “Worry,
“We must continue to encourage smokers to switch to vaping as the lowest risk, while stopping the marketing and sale of vapes to children,” Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said in the statement.
The government has also announced that it will review the rules governing Businesses selling vaporizers to minors under 18 fined So that local authorities can more easily make on-site fines and timely fine payments. (Reporting by Muwija M; Editing by Jan Harvey)