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The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) says it backs the government’s proposals to tighten up on vape sales to young people but warns against an outright ban on disposable vapes.

People of all ages are being invited to take part in a public consultation seeking views on plans to crack down on youth vaping by reducing the appeal, affordability and availability of vapes to children.

The consultation launched today (October 12) includes proposals to restrict child-friendly flavours and bright coloured packaging.

The government says it is also “considering restricting the sale of disposable vapes, which are clearly linked to the rise in vaping in children.”

The Fed’s National President Muntazir Dipoti said: “While we agree with plans to prevent children and young people being attracted to vapes, this must not be at the expense of adults who have switched to these products in a bid to give up smoking.

“We also want more clarity on what any ‘restrictions’ on disposable vapes would entail. An outright ban on these products would simply create a black market and fuel illicit sales by criminals and unscrupulous traders.

“Vapes help many people give up smoking and are part of life now. I am confident the existing black market will become even more active.

“These illicit products are already on sale at car boot sales, mobile phone shops, cafes and tanning salons, as well as via the internet and by dealers delivering direct to homes.”


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