Disposable Vapes Ban
Disposable Vapes Ban


Member of the Senedd for Delyn, Hannah Blythyn, has welcomed the Welsh Government’s commitment to press ahead with plans to ban disposable vapes, alongside supporting UK Government legislation to increase the smoking age and restrict sales of vapes. This follows the publication of the outcome of the four nations consultation ‘Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping’.

Hannah Blythyn MS said:

“The use of single-use vapes has also grown significantly and seriously in recent years, to the point that almost 5 million of them are either littered or thrown away each week.


The issue of vaping and how they are disposed of, is something that has been regularly raised with me by young people and primary school students in particularly put across their points in wanting to see vaping stopped or restricted.”


The UK Government will now bring forward a Tobacco and Vapes Bill at the earliest opportunity that will take measures to:

  • Change the age of sale for all tobacco products, cigarette papers and herbal smoking products whereby anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 will never legally be sold (and also in Scotland never legally purchase) tobacco products alongside prohibiting proxy sales, and changing warning notices
  • Introduce regulation making powers to restrict flavours, point of sale and packaging for vaping products (nicotine and non-nicotine) as well as other consumer nicotine products
  • Introduce new enforcement powers for England and Wales for breaches of age of sale legislation for tobacco and vapes (nicotine and non-nicotine) and other consumer nicotine products.

The Welsh Government, along with the UK and Scottish governments intend to introduce legislation to implement a ban on disposable vapes, including both nicotine and non-nicotine containing products due to their significant environmental impacts.

Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Well-being, Lynne Neagle said:

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in Wales. It causes a quarter of all cancer deaths in the UK and is responsible for 80,000 preventable deaths in the UK of which around 5,600 are in Wales, each year.


Whilst vapes can be useful to some smokers in supporting smoking cessation, data shows the number of children using vapes has tripled in the past 3 years. Due to their nicotine content and the unknown long-term harms, vaping carries a risk of harm and addiction for children.


We want to take all actions possible to stop young people from starting smoking in the first place, to prevent youth vaping and to tackle the effects single-use vapes are having on our environment.”

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