Government Youth Vaping Consultation
Vaping is at risk – send your message to Rishi Sunak
Right now the Government is asking for your views on vaping, while they consider restricting them.
We believe there is lots the government can do to protect children from vaping (such as stopping shops selling to them), but they don’t need to restrict access for adult vapers trying to quit smoking.
These policies could make it impossible for you to get flavoured vapes, have shops hide vapes away like cigarettes, and ban the sale of disposables.
As such, we need your help to make sure that Rishi Sunak doesn’t make it harder for people to access these life saving products.
Many of the questions they ask make it sound like anti-vaping laws are certain. Please answer as you like, but remember, some questions which are clearly anti-vaping are optional – so don’t feel you need to answer if you don’t want to. A list of questions that we recommend answering is below.
If you want to know how we at Vape UK, as well as the UK Vaping Industry Association will be answering the questions, see below:
Below are some of the key questions that could significantly impact your access to vaping. Please answer the questions you want to, but how we and UKVIA are answering these questions is below.
Section One: Legislating to create a smokefree generation
Q: Do you agree or disagree that the age of sale for tobacco products should be changed so that anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 will never be legally sold (and also in Scotland, never legally purchase) tobacco products?
A: We agree with this
Q: Do you think that proxy sales should also be prohibited?
Q: Do you agree or disagree that all tobacco products, cigarette papers and herbal smoking products should be covered in the new legislation?
Q: Do you agree or disagree that warning notices in retail premises will need to be changed to read ‘it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009’ when the law comes into effect?
Section Two: Restricting vape flavours
Q: Do you agree or disagree that the UK Government and devolved administrations should restrict vape flavours?
Q: Which option or options do you think would be the most effective way for the UK Government and devolved administrations to implement restrictions on flavours?
A: Option 1
Q: Which option do you think would be the most effective way for the UK Government and devolved administrations to restrict vape flavours to children and young people? (optional)
A: We will skip this question
Q: Do you think there are any alternative flavour options the UK Government and devolved administrations should consider?
Section Three: Regulating point of sale displays
Q: Do you think exemptions should be made for specialist vape shops?
Section Four: Regulating vape packaging and product presentation
Q: Which option do you think would be the most effective way for the UK Government and devolved administrations to restrict the way vapes can be packaged and presented to reduce youth vaping? (optional)
A: Option One
Section Five: Restricting the supply and sale of disposable vapes
Q: Do you agree or disagree that there should be restrictions on the sale and supply of disposable vapes?
Q: Do you agree or disagree that restrictions on disposable vapes should take the form of prohibiting their sale and supply?
Q: Do you agree or disagree that an implementation period for restrictions on disposable vapes should be no less than 6 months after the law is introduced?
Section Six: We are interested in views on whether we should also impose further restrictions on non-nicotine vapes as well as to other consumer nicotine products.
Q: Do you think the UK Government and devolved administrations should regulate non-nicotine vapes under a similar regulatory framework as nicotine vapes?
Section Seven: Affordability
We will skip these questions
Section Eight: Enforcement
Q: Do you think that fixed penalty notices should be issued for breaches of age of sale legislation for tobacco products and vapes?
Q: What level of fixed penalty notice should be given for an underage tobacco sale?
A: We will select other and write £10,000
Q: What level of fixed penalty notice should be given for an underage vape sale?
A: We will select other and write £10,000
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