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NEW STUDY: St Albans residents want tougher measures to tackle underage vape sales

 Published on: 29th May 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

As many as two-thirds of St Albans residents are concerned about underage vapes sales, according to a new study by Britain in Focus.

Under UK law, a person must be 18 or over to buy vapes. But according to the study, commissioned by BAT UK, the largest UK-based vape manufacturer, most respondents think that underage sales of vapes are common or very common in the region.

The findings come at a time when the government is proposing new sweeping laws for vapes, via the Tobacco and Vapes Bill.

Introduced to Parliament in April, the bill proposes several changes to how nicotine products – including cigarettes and vapes – can be sold and marketed in the UK. The bill also includes a generational smoking ban and restrictions on vape marketing and flavours, alongside the introduction of £100 on the spot fines (fixed penalty fines) for shops which sell tobacco and vapes to anyone who is underage.

But according to the new research, residents in St Albans do not think the government is doing enough.

Five out of six residents want the government to introduce a new vaping licence for shopkeepers, something not currently included in the government’s plans. Many also think that the proposed £100 fine is too low, with many considering £1,000 to be appropriate.

Asli Ertonguc, the UK lead for BAT, said: “There is a narrow window to get this right with the Tobacco and Vapes Bill. The introduction of a retail licence and increased fines would provide a much greater measure of control around who can sell vapes and help keep these products out of the hands of the underage.”

Photo credit: Peter van Niuewehuizen

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