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Responses to the Disposable Ban

A number of individuals and organisations have made comment following the news that the UK Government is considering banning the sales of disposable vapes in England

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A number of individuals and organisations have made comment following the news that the UK Government is considering banning the sales of disposable vapes in England. A minister refuses to rule out a ban, the Health Department talks about the need to protect kids, the Welsh Government want the same ban imposed on them, and Angela Rayner admits to being a bit of a “dragon”.

Michelle Donelan

The Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology did the round of news outlets to confirm that the Government was giving the ban serious consideration. Given repeated opportunities to rule out a ban, Michelle Donelan declined to do so.

This is a very worrying trend that we're seeing, of young children taking up vaping that had never smoked before, and it is extremely dangerous to their health and their wellbeing is something that we do need to act on,” she told Sky.

She confirmed a further announcement is forthcoming but did not stipulate a day.

The Department of Health and Social Care

A spokesperson for The Department of Health and Social Care issued a statement saying: “We are concerned about the rise in youth vaping and the environmental impacts of disposable vapes. That is why we launched a call for evidence to identify opportunities to reduce the number of children accessing and using vaping products – and explore where the government can go further. We will set out our response in due course.”


The Welsh government has called on the Government to extend the proposed ban on the sale of disposable vapes to cover Wales as well as England because it does not have the power to do so itself.

First Minister Mark Drakeford led the drive to restrict or ban vaping back when he was responsible for Health, trotting out a succession of half-truths about ecigs at the time.

The Welsh Government said it believes a “comprehensive ban on disposable single-use vapes" could be used as a key part of a range of measures to combat teen vaping.

A representative of the Welsh administration said it planned on discussing the matter with the UK government this week.


Labour's Angela Rayner told Sky News that she wishes she could “kick the habit” of vaping, telling the channel that her children call her “The Vape Dragon”.

She said: “I wish I could give up vaping. I'm going to do my utmost to make sure that I do that. And young people need to know that vaping is not a way forward and they should not get addicted to it because it is incredibly addictive and costly as well. So, they need to stop."

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Registrar Steve Turner said the members of the RCPCH shared concerns about teen vaping and stated disposable vapes are an entry point to nicotine addiction and a gateway into smoking.

Steve and his chums clearly haven’t checked out the smoking rate graph for a number of years.

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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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