According to Chronical Live the Government urged to bring in £4 tax on disposable vapes.
Charity Action Smoking and Health (ASH) have stated that a tax on disposable vape in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's budget would put off children from buying them by reducing the affordability and reduce the amount of under 18's using these devices.
The charity have said that the £4 tax would put the price inline with the cheapest reusable vape kits.
Fresh's director Ailsa Rutter OBE, said: "Vaping can help adult smokers to quit and this is something we are encouraging as we also know vaping is much less harmful than smoking. But at the same time it is important that measures are taken to reduce the appeal of vaping to children and young people, as vaping isn’t risk-free and we don’t want non-smokers to take it up."
“The data from the North East shows most young people are not vaping regularly but we need to be vigilant around this and we are urging retailers to abide by the law and not sell to under 18s. We also need the government to tighten loopholes in current legislation.”
The Charity ASH is also pushing for more regulation of disposable vapes and also are supporting the idea of keeping vapes out of sight in shops.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of at ASH, said: "Smoking is much more harmful than vaping and smoking remains the biggest threat to our children’s health. But vaping is not risk-free, and in the light of the recent increase in children vaping government action is urgently needed to tighten regulation and increase enforcement."
“Children who vape mainly use cheap disposables, which can be bought for under a fiver. They could easily be made less affordable in the March Budget with the introduction of a specific tax for single use disposable vapes. In one simple step this would reduce both child vaping and the vast quantities of single use vapes being thrown into landfill.”
A few words from us at Rhythm N Vape;
As a company we stand with all the views and ideas stated above and we have spoken on this many times.
We are happy that tougher regulations and even a Tax to be introduced to Disposables as we see children walking to school puffing on a 3000 puff elux bar and people could assume we may have sold it to them and has a negative impact on our business even though we only sell compliant products in our stores.
We really hope that the actions stated above do take affect as we agree that this price increase will deter the amount of children vaping without punishing people above the age of 18 who use vapes as a genuine smoking quit aid rather than a fashion statement or to "look cool"
Not only will it deter kids wasting money on disposables and becoming addicted to Nicotine it will drastically reduce the amount of lithium and plastic that ends up in landfill and damaging our environment.
We do our bit by offering a FREE Recycling service in our stores and will continue to do so but we cant stop everyone hurling a used up disposable in the bin.