UK Scotland considering a total ban on disposable vape?
Scotland’s Chief Minister Humza Yousaf said at a regular press conference in response to Scottish Green Party MPs that a total ban on disposable vape would be considered for health and environmental reasons.
Recently, according to the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s Chief Minister Humza Yousaf said at a regular press conference in response to Scottish Green Party MP Gillian Mackay that a total ban on disposable vape would be considered for health and environmental reasons.
Yusuf said that any form of “junk” is unacceptable and that he is concerned about the negative effects of disposable vapes, especially the increased use among children and young people.
He reiterated that they (children and young people) should not have access to these products. The Scottish government will consider a range of possible options, including a ban. While specific activities will also be based on the results of the review, he said:
“We take the issue of the use of such products very seriously and nothing is out of the question as far as we are concerned.”
Youssef said he was keen to work constructively with retailers in this regard. He has noted many of the concerns raised by local authorities about the environmental and health impacts of disposable e-cigarettes.
Local lower councils in Scotland have repeatedly called for a ban on disposable vapes. In February 2023, for example, Dundee City Council in Scotland supported a ban on single-use vape and called on the Scottish government to ban them nationwide.
“I know they take this very seriously as well, and there are now about 15 councils in Scotland that have called for a ban (on disposable products).”
He said the Scottish government’s tobacco action plan was still being worked on and would be published this autumn.
Youssef said he was willing to consider the possibility of a pilot implementation, but it was important that the work initiated through the review could proceed. However, he can realize that the issue of vapes is a growing concern, given the negative impact on the environment and health.
According to the understanding, the chief minister is the head of the Scottish government and is responsible for education, National Health Service, justice, countryside, transport, and other local self-government matters within Scotland.