Taking action on smoking and health
Health campaigners have welcomed a ban on selling electronic cigarettes to children, which comes into force across Scotland on Saturday 01 April 2017.
It is now illegal to sell e-cigarettes (or “Nicotine Vaping Products” as the legislation calls them) to under-18s or for an adult to buy them for use by a child.
Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland, said:
“Nicotine is addictive, and as there is some level of health risk associated with using these products it is right that we keep them out of the hands of children.
“With the regulatory framework for e-cigarettes falling into place, now is the time to remind people that smoking tobacco is by far the more harmful activity. There are still 30-40 young people in Scotland taking up smoking every day and the priority must be for further action against those retailers who sell to children and to challenge the attitudes amongst adults who buy cigarettes on their behalf.”
The original press release implied that the vending machine ban commenced on 01 April 2017. Scottish Government has informed us that this date has changed and a number of restrictions around advertising NVPs and a ban on NVP vending machines are expected to be introduced later this year. The original press release was amended to reflect this change.
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Notes to Editors:
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland is the national charity taking action to reduce the harm and inequality caused by tobacco use www.ashscotland.org.uk
The changes were agreed by the Scottish Parliament under the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill ( 2016) - http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/89934.aspx
Scottish Government press release 01/04/2017 - https://news.gov.scot/news/e-cigarette-restrictions
Further information on electronic cigarettes is available from /ecigs
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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