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Paediatricians call for ban on disposable e-cigarettes as child vaping rises

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p1266 (Published 06 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1266

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Paediatricians are urging the UK government to ban all disposable electronic cigarette products (vapes) because of concerns about children’s health and the environment.

Although long term studies on e-cigarettes are not yet available because vapes have been on sale in the UK since only 2007, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has said that the unprecedented rise in vaping could lead to serious health consequences in years to come.

Recent NHS data show that one in five 15 year olds used e-cigarettes in 2021, and vaping by 11-15 year olds has risen from 6% in 2018 to 9% in 2021. The most popular disposable vape can be bought for as little as £2.99.

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, …

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