Vaping News

Could Scotland Ban Disposables?

Could Scotland move to ban disposable vapes? It is a move that is being considered due to pressure from Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Scottish Greens

Share on:
Could Scotland move to ban disposable vapes? It is a move that is being considered due to pressure from Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Scottish Greens. Dressed up as concern for the environment and a push to get companies to be held accountable, the move is being justified by regurgitating World Health Organisation lies about dangers posed by electronic cigarettes.

The Scottish Greens has says it welcomes the review into the public health and environmental impact of disposable single-use vapes, “which are littering our high streets and harming the planet.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Humza Yousaf announced the review following a General Question by the Scottish Green health spokesperson, Gillian Mackay MSP, who is campaigning on the issue.

The review will be carried out by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Scottish Greens Minister for Circular Economy, Lorna Slater MSP.

Gillian Mackay MSP said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government has committed to undertaking this review. Disposable vapes are littering our local high streets and damaging our environment. The amount of waste they produce is staggering.

"We are in a climate emergency yet this multi-million pound industry is using damaging single-use products.

"When combined with the fruity flavours that are used to entice those who would be less likely to smoke cigarettes, it is creating a perfect storm for public health issues and environmental damage.

“If we are really serious about moving to a low-waste economy then this has the potential to set us back on that journey. There are other solutions and other far less damaging ways to produce these products, such as rechargeable vapes.”

“This review is a very welcome step. We need to consider all options to reduce the harmful impact that these products are having.”

The misguided MSP repeated World Health Organisation “evidence” which says vape products “are harmful to health and are not safe.”

Humza Yousaf has stated that the Scottish Government is consulting “experts” to investigate the next steps it should take and whether a total ban on the sale and use of disposables is a viable option.

Scottish newspaper The Daily Record has been campaigning for a “crackdown” on disposables because “We told how a staggering 1.3million single-use vapes are thrown away every week in the UK - a staggering rate of two per second - polluting public spaces, threatening wildlife and wasting precious lithium batteries.”

Congratulating the paper on its campaign to ensure smokers remain smoking, Yousaf responded: “We will ask stakeholders with the relevant expertise to examine the evidence and assess what action the Scottish government and other partners should take. That will include consideration of a potential ban."

Puritanical and shrouded in ignorance, a ban is not the win these politicians and journalists think it is. Quite how they think they can stop Scottish smokers buying from English companies and having their vape orders posted to Scotland was not explained.

Photo Credit:

Dave Cross avatar

Dave Cross

Journalist at POTV
View Articles

Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

Join the discussion

Vaping News

Harm Reduction For The Rich

The United Kingdom risks becoming a harm reduction country only for the wealthy, according to Michael Landl of the World Vapers’ Alliance

Vaping News

Sacrificing Health For 2p Cut

Tory Government alienates vaping voters with its mission to cut tax by an unaffordable 2p to attract voters by placing a tax on vape products in the forthcoming budget

Vaping News

Scotland Announces Single-Use Vape Action

A ban on the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland is due to come into effect on 1 April 2025, under proposed legislation published today

Vaping News

Industry Licensing Scheme Proposed

A vape industry licensing scheme will generate £50m+ per year to combat underage and illicit vape sales according to industry experts