E-cigarettes ban would be counterproductive to war against underage smoking

The ban wouldn't prove useful study finds

The ban would not show helpful research finds (Picture: Getty)

Such a ban would additionally do little to cease underage vaping, the report argues. The Institute of Financial Affairs (IEA) report reveals that 35 p.c of grownup vapers use disposables and a ban might end in some returning to smoking cigarettes.

It comes amid studies that the federal government might ban disposable vapes. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has warned that it’s “ridiculous” that vapes are focused at children.

The IEA’s Head of Way of life Economics Christopher Snowdon warned: “We don’t ban cider simply because some youngsters drink it.

“We don’t ban 18 certificates movies as a result of some youngsters watch them. We don’t even ban cigarettes as a result of some youngsters smoke them.”

The report argues {that a} ban might danger some returning to cigarettes. It additionally highlights {that a} ban might consequence within the proliferation of unregulated and unsafe vaping merchandise on the black market.

A current evaluation of vapes confiscated from a college in Kidderminster discovered that almost all have been already unlawful merchandise, with many containing excessive ranges of lead, nickel and chromium.

Children are still able to purchase the vapes

Youngsters are nonetheless in a position to buy the vapes illegally (Picture: Getty)

Motion on Smoking and Well being (ASH), which additionally opposes a single-use e-cigarette ban, have mentioned making e-cigarettes unlawful “gained’t assist” as a result of youngsters are already being offered the product illegally.

“The sale of unlawful disposable vapes, already massive and rising, will probably be turbo-charged if they’re banned,” ASH warn. Australia, the place e-cigarettes containing nicotine have at all times been banned, even have an ongoing downside with youngsters buying unregulated e-cigarettes on the black market.

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Mr Snowden added: “Good legal guidelines are seldom made in a local weather of hysteria. There are comprehensible considerations about youth vaping, however the issue can be higher addressed by implementing the legal guidelines that exist already than by prohibiting a complete class of e-cigarettes.

“It’s too simple for youngsters to purchase vapes illegally – and the vapes themselves are sometimes unlawful and unregulated. The federal government ought to take a peaceful and rational have a look at the unintended penalties that would come up from a ban on disposable vapes earlier than banning an efficient various to cigarettes.”