Northern Ireland Council Backs Ban on Disposable E-Cigarettes Amidst Concerns of Child Appeal

The Newry, Mourne, and Down District Council (NMDDC) in Northern Ireland has thrown its weight behind a ban on disposable e-cigarettes, describing them as “child-targeted,” akin to “banana milkshakes.”

According to a council report, a document released by the Department of Health in October revealed that over 21% of teenagers aged 11 to 16 in Northern Ireland reported having used e-cigarettes. Council member Michael Rees expressed concern that children as young as 13 or 14 can easily access these products.

“I look forward to hearing the feedback from the UK government on this consultation,” he remarked.

A parliamentary report cited the Department of Health and Social Care’s October document, indicating that over 21% of teenagers aged 11 to 16 in Northern Ireland admitted to using e-cigarettes.

The report also highlighted a doubling of the number of British teenagers using e-cigarettes over the past three years.

The Westminster government is set to draft a proposal aiming to ban disposable e-cigarettes. Disposable e-cigarettes, with an average price of £6, contrast sharply with reusable e-cigarette kits priced at £40.