Environmental and well being teams have issued a joint open letter to the UK authorities demanding a ban on the sale of single-use e-cigarettes.
The teams, together with Inexperienced Alliance, the Royal Faculty of Paediatrics and Little one Well being, the Marine Conservation Society and the RSPCA, despatched an open letter to the Surroundings Secretary Thérèse Coffey and Well being Secretary Steve Barclay, saying vaping is a “quickly escalating risk” to public well being and the surroundings.
The demand follows analysis from Materials Focus earlier within the 12 months that confirmed that at the least 1.3 million disposable vapes are thrown away each week, equating to 2 vapes per second, sufficient to fill 22 soccer pitches per 12 months.
The teams argue that disposable vapes are “pointless electrical objects” that comprise single-use plastic, nicotine and batteries, all of that are “hazardous to the surroundings and wildlife when littered”.
The merchandise additionally comprise lithium, which is a important materials for the online zero transition, similar to within the manufacture of electrical autos. The ten tonnes of lithium discarded from disposable vapes every year is similar as wanted for 1,200 electric vehicles, in response to the analysis from Materials Focus.
In the meantime, uptake of disposable vapes amongst younger folks is “significantly regarding”, write the teams, with a seven-fold enhance within the share of 11 to 17-year-olds choosing disposable merchandise since 2021, in response to Motion on Smoking Well being.
The letter outlines how – somewhat than serving to current people who smoke to surrender the behavior – a number of well being professionals have warned that disposable vapes danger creating a brand new era hooked on nicotine, with rising proof exhibiting there could possibly be an elevated danger of persistent lung conditions.
Libby Peake, head of useful resource coverage at Inexperienced Alliance, stated: “We have to be shifting in the direction of sturdy and reusable merchandise designed sustainably, not inventing new methods to trigger hurt to the wildlife and losing useful assets. Ministers should act swiftly to ban disposable vapes to guard younger folks and the environment from this new and completely avoidable risk.”
Dr Honey Smith, director and co-chair of the nationwide leads group of Greener Observe, stated: “As a GP I see the results of smoking every single day of my working life.
“There was current proof that use of e-cigarettes is simply as dangerous for the blood vessels as smoking cigarettes. Additionally, youngsters who vape are three to 4 occasions extra more likely to smoke cigarettes later in life.
“So it’s very regarding that merchandise are extensively out there which can be particularly engaging to youngsters, encouraging them to take up a behavior which may trigger them long-term well being issues.”
Scott Butler, govt director of recycling charity Materials Focus, stated producers and retailers of vapes must cease advertising and marketing single-use vapes as disposable merchandise.
Chris Tuckett, director of programmes at Marine Conservation Society, added: “Sadly our seaside clear volunteers have began to see single-use vapes littered on our seashores across the UK. These merchandise are made up of numerous totally different supplies, that are hardly ever recycled, and pose a risk to marine life when littered.”