UK to Ban Sales of Disposables

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UK to Ban Sales of Disposables
The UK government plans to ban the sale of disposable e-cigarettes to prevent children from becoming addicted.

According to a report by The Daily Telegraph on September 12th, the UK government is planning to propose a ban on the sale of disposable e-cigarettes in an upcoming consultation next week. The aim is to prevent children from becoming addicted to these devices. Government officials believe that disposable e-cigarettes are primarily targeted at individuals under the age of 18.


Disposable e-cigarettes are typically sold in vibrant colors and with special flavors such as "bubble gum." Some stores even place them near the candy aisle or next to checkout counters, potentially enticing children to purchase them.


According to reports, the government's decision will be announced in an upcoming consultation by the Ministry of Health. Insider sources have revealed that although there may be some delay, the decision has been scheduled for discussion on the agenda next week.


Like Australia, the British government has no plans to further regulate the purchase of e-cigarettes by requiring a prescription. This decision stems from the recognition that e-cigarettes can aid in smoking cessation efforts.


British government officials have stated that disposable e-cigarettes are predominantly targeted towards children and are causing environmental harm. Currently, relevant departments have reached a broad consensus that it is necessary to take action.


Several government officials, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, have expressed concerns.


During the interview, Sunak stated,"I have two young daughters and I am also concerned. It appears that they are targeted towards children, and I do not want my children to be enticed by these things."


The British government holds a nuanced stance towards e-cigarettes, considering them a viable alternative for adult smokers while acknowledging the health risks they pose to non-smokers.


It is uncertain whether there will be enough time to deliberate on this matter before the next general election in the UK, expected to be held in the autumn of 2024. Parliament may require legal amendments.


An independent study conducted by the University of Oxford has revealed that smokers who quit smoking by using e-cigarettes have a success rate twice as high as those who quit smoking immediately.


This study, one of the largest of its kind, analyzed 157,000 individuals who had attempted to quit smoking. It found that 14% successfully quit smoking by using e-cigarettes, while only 6% were able to quit smoking without any assistance.


The study also found that the success rate of smoking cessation using two forms of nicotine replacement therapy (including chewing gum, nasal spray, lozenges, and patches) is 12%, compared to a success rate of 9% when only one form is utilized.


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