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NHS Chief Supports Disposable Vape Ban

Speaking at the NHS ConfedExpo 2023, NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard announced that she supported the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health call to ban disposables

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Last week, we reported how the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has issued a call to ban disposable vapes in an effort to prevent teen vaping – despite the fact that selling to children is already illegal and the problem lies will illicit vapes that are already banned. Unfortunately, NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard lent the Royal College her support in a speech to NHS ConfedExpo 2023.

In addition to banning disposables, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health proposed a wide range of other tough measures, saying: “It is important that nicotine containing products, particularly inhalational products which are designed to maximise rapid delivery of the drug to the brain, should be highly restricted and should face the same restrictions as tobacco containing products – there should be no advertising, no sponsorship and plain packaging.”

Amanda Pritchard is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHS England, which coordinates national NHS activity with the aim of improving health and ensuring “high quality care for all”.

Last week, the NHS chief attended NHS ConfedExpo23 running over 14 and 15 June at Manchester Central. The expo organisers describe it as being “one of the biggest and most significant healthcare conferences in the UK, creating a single point of focus for health and care leaders and their teams to come together at a time of transformation and recovery.”

In her speech, Amanda Pritchard said: “The NHS delivers around two million patient contacts every day. So, there is a real opportunity to make every contact count, to offer more people the chance of a healthier future, and to help make the NHS more sustainable. And to do that we need to forge the right partnerships and pathways between NHS services, to make those offers joined up and patient-centred.

“But, as I mentioned earlier, when some challenges subside, others emerge. Smoking is a great example. In 1948 more than eight out of 10 men smoked. Now it’s more like one in eight. For the most part, a success of wider public policy. And also, particularly over the last few years, a success of innovation, with the advent of e-cigarettes encouraging and supporting many former smokers to switch.

“But with that innovation has come a new challenge, the availability and attractiveness of e-cigarettes to our young people. The report last week from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, of children presenting to hospital with conditions that can be linked to vaping, was really worrying. And that is coming through in the figures.

“Last year there were 40 admissions of under-20’s for vaping-related disorders, up from 11 two years previously.

“So, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are right to call for action, and the Government are right to be taking those calls seriously, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing further steps put forward when its call for evidence on this issue concludes.”

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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.

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