Vapes could be made prescription-only under Labour: Radical plan could stop kids getting hooked on 'gateway drug'

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Vapes could beryllium made prescription-only nether extremist plans being contemplated by Labour. 

Shadow wellness caput Wes Streeting said he wanted to present nan Australian-style measures to extremity children getting hooked connected nicotine.

Despite nan devices being legally restricted for waste to over-18s only, information shows astir 1 successful 10 children successful England usage nan devices, pinch a 5th having tried a vape this year. 

But critics opportunity Labour's connection risks removing nan only wellness use vapes person arsenic a smoking cessation and getting Brits to discontinue much harmful tobacco. 

Mr Streeting's comments comes arsenic nan Conservatives are successful nan midst of their ain promise to tackle child-vaping.

Shadow wellness caput Wes Streeting said Labour could make vapes prescription-only  to extremity children getting hooked connected nicotine

NHS Digital information shows nan number of children who are existent vapers has soared successful caller years, jumping from 6 per cent successful 2018 to 9 per cent successful 2021

NHS Digital data, based connected nan smoking, drinking and supplier usage among young group successful England study for nan twelvemonth 2021, showed 30 per cent of children successful Yorkshire and nan Humber person utilized a vape 

In an ongoing consultation, ministers are proposing to prohibition child-friendly flavours and marketing, and crackdown connected nan disposable devices favoured by youngsters.

Mr Streeting accused 'Big Tobacco' and nan vaping manufacture of 'crying crocodile tears' astir nan kid vaping epidemic. 

He said nan vaping manufacture should beryllium forced to 'go backmost to its roots' arsenic providing a smoking cessation assistance that is only disposable to those trying to quit.  

Mr Streeting was precocious successful Australia, which has embarked connected akin prescription-only argumentation for nan devices since 2021.

He told The Telegraph that aft gathering pinch Australia's wellness curate he was now considering a akin move for England should his statement travel to power.

'I’m outraged astatine nan grade to which this irresponsible manufacture has peddled itself arsenic an altruistic smoking cessation service, astatine nan aforesaid clip arsenic addicting a procreation of children’s nicotine,' he said.  

'I’m looking very cautiously astatine what Mark Butler and nan Australian Labor authorities person announced. 

'Their argumentation is successful portion driven by nan grounds present successful Australia that vaping has go a gateway supplier to smoking. So I deliberation we request to look cautiously astatine what nan UK grounds is connected that front.'

He didn't perpetrate to immoderate circumstantial measures for a Labour scheme connected vaping but said arsenic it is amended than smoking it has a domiciled to play successful getting Brits to discontinue accepted tobacco.

John Dunne, head wide of nan UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), said nan Labour scheme would simply thrust group to nan achromatic marketplace for illustration it has successful Australia.     

'The thought of having vapes only disposable connected medicine has successful Australia created a immense achromatic marketplace pinch unregulated and perchance unsafe vapes wide available,' he said. 

He added information showed that vapes weren't a gateway to smoking, pinch rates having fallen complete nan years.

While Mr Dunne acknowledged kid vaping was a problem, he said it needed to beryllium tackled by penalising group who waste nan devices to children. 

UKVIA is profoundly opposed to Conservatives proposals to prohibition child-friendly flavours arsenic good arsenic disposable devices. 

The assemblage claims investigation shows 80 per cent of vapers said nan flavours offered by manufactures helped them discontinue smoking, pinch a 3rd saying a prohibition could lead them backmost to utilizing cigarettes. 

Some flavours of vapes, for illustration those replicating types of candy, could beryllium banned nether caller Government plans. Pictured present are devices MailOnline discovered mimicking Chupa Chups, Skittles, Jolly Rancher, Rubicon and Calypso (pictured), pinch near-identical branding to nan celebrated sweets and drinks

Experts person stressed their interest astatine children not being afloat alert of nan contents of e-cigarettes, pinch galore truthful anxious for their adjacent 'fix' they are begging teachers to fto them vape astatine school

One successful 10 Estonian's now vape regularly each month, cementing its position arsenic nan e-cigarette superior of nan world, caller information revealed this week. Published by nan Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — a forum of 37 countries pinch market-based economies founded successful 1961 — it besides recovered conscionable 4 countries rank higher than nan UK

UKVIA besides said nan Government proposals would deed big vapers, pinch consequence flavours besides celebrated among group aged 35 to 44. 

They besides said nan mean property of personification who uses a disposable vape is 39.  

Earlier this week wellness minister Andrea Leadsom said nan Government will bring guardant its proposals to tackle child-vaping arsenic authorities 'as soon arsenic possible' successful nan caller year. 

Speaking successful nan House of Commons, she said: 'We each cognize it is an offence to waste vapes to children nether 18, yet 1 successful 5 children has tried a vape successful 2023 alone. The numbers trying it person tripled successful nan past 3 years.'

'We cognize nan manufacture is targeting children rather cynically. It is unacceptable, truthful our Tobacco and Vapes Bill will restrict nan entreaty and readiness of vapes to children.'

According to nan investigation level Our World In Data, 13.7 per cent of New Zealanders smoked successful 2020 compared to 15.4 per cent of Brits and 23 per cent of Americans

MailOnline previously exposed nan predatory strategies immoderate saccharine shops use to waste e-cigs to kids.

E-cigs let group to inhale nicotine successful a vapour — which is produced by heating a liquid, which typically contains propylene glycol, glycerine, flavourings, and different chemicals.

But dissimilar accepted cigarettes, they do not incorporate tobacco, nor do they nutrient tar aliases c — 2 of nan astir vulnerable elements.

Although wide viewed arsenic safer than smoking, nan semipermanent effects of vaping still stay a mystery.

Doctors person expressed fearfulness location could beryllium a activity of lung disease, dental issues and moreover cancer in nan coming decades successful group who took up nan wont astatine a young age.

Earlier this year, starring paediatricians warned children were being hospitalised pinch vaping-induced breathing difficulties amid a 'disturbing' pandemic of nan wont among young people.

NHS figures besides show a emergence successful nan number of children admitted to infirmary owed to vaping. 

Figures released by nan Office for National Statistics successful September show astir 4.5million Brits vape regular aliases occasionally — a emergence of immoderate 500,000 successful conscionable 12 months.

Everything you request to cognize astir e-cigarettes 

How overmuch nicotine is successful an e-cigarette?

There are galore different brands of e-cigarettes, containing various different nicotine levels.

The ineligible magnitude of nicotine successful an e-liquid capacity successful nan UK is 20mg/ml equating to betwixt 600 and 800 puffs.

The Elf Bar 600, 1 of Britain's astir celebrated vapes, is advertised arsenic coming successful nicotine strengths of 0mg, 10mg and 20mg. 

How galore cigarettes are 'in' an e-cigarette? 

The Elf Bar 600 contains nan balanced to 48 cigarettes, analysts say. 

It delivers 600 puffs earlier it needs to beryllium thrown away, meaning, successful theory, each 12.5 puffs equate to 1 cigarette.

Experts opportunity for galore e-cigarettes, 100 puffs equate to 10 normal cigarettes. 

Elf Bars are a marque of e-cigarettes often sold successful snazzy colours and pinch child-friendly names and flavours, for illustration bluish razz lemonade and greenish gummy bear

Is vaping amended for your wellness than cigarettes?

Vaping products are considered to beryllium amended than cigarettes arsenic users are exposed to less toxins and astatine little levels, according to nan NHS.

The wellness work adds that vaping alternatively of smoking cigarettes reduces your vulnerability to toxins that tin origin cancer, lung illness and diseases of nan bosom and circulation, specified arsenic strokes and bosom attacks. 

Public Health England, which is now defunct, published an master independent reappraisal successful 2015 concluding that e-cigarettes are astir 95 per cent little harmful than cigarettes.

However vaping is not risk-free, arsenic while levels successful tobacco-products are overmuch higher, e-cigarettes still incorporate harmful toxins, according to a study by researchers from nan Medical University of Silesia successful Poland.

And Dr Onkar Mudhar, a London dentist who posts videos connected TikTok, said Elf bars tin origin gum inflammation, swelling and bleeding.

He said this is because nicotine dries retired your rima and reduces saliva, causing irritation from a build-up of germs and nutrient that can't get washed away.

Nearly 350 hospitalisations owed to vaping were logged successful England successful 2022, which are thought to beryllium chiefly down to respiratory problems, specified arsenic shortness of breath, thorax pain, lung inflammation and, successful terrible cases, respiratory failure.