UK Confirms Ban on Disposable Vape Sales

by | Jan 29, 2024

On January 29, 2024, the British Prime Minister announced that the UK would ban disposable Vape. This move is aimed at solving the rising number of teenagers smoking Vape and protecting the health of children.

The plan includes: banning single-use vapes, limiting the flavors of other types of vapes, ensuring manufacturers use plainer, less visually appealing packaging, changing the way vapes are displayed in stores, and displaying vapes out of the reach of children. place, and keep Vape away from products that attract children, such as candies, to prevent Vape from becoming attractive to children, etc.

The UK government says disposable vapes are often sold in smaller, more colorful packaging than refillable vapes – a key driver of alarming growth in teenage vaping.

In a bid to crack down on underage sales, the government will also introduce new fines for shops in England and Wales that illegally sell vapes to children. Trading standards officers will have the power to take action “on the spot” to tackle underage tobacco and vape sales, and local authorities can already fine offenders up to £2,500.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “The government’s consultation on a single-use vape ban has received overwhelming support, with nearly 70 per cent of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and the public backing the measure.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Victoria Atkins said: “Vape can only be used as a smoking cessation tool by adults. Vape contributes to between 50,000 and 70,000 people quitting smoking in the UK every year. As part of the government’s Exchange to Quit scheme As part of this, nearly one in five adult smokers in the UK will receive a vape kit along with behavioral support to help them quit smoking and improve their health. ”

It is unclear when the UK’s single-use Vape ban will come into force, with the government saying further public consultation will be held to decide which flavors should be banned and how refillable Vape products should be sold. After the ban is officially announced, a six-month transition period will be set for retailers to clear inventory. After receiving news of the ban, some retailers in the UK have begun selling disposable Vape.

According to data from the General Administration of Customs of China, the United Kingdom is China’s second largest market for Vape exports, second only to the United States. In 2023, China’s Vape exports to the United Kingdom reached US$1.417 billion, an increase of 17.99% compared to 2022. How much impact will it have on China’s Vape exports after the UK implements a one-time Vape ban? Can the gap in the disposable Vape market be filled by other Vape products? We don’t know yet.

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