NewsRishi Sunak stands against single-use vapes.

Rishi Sunak stands against single-use vapes.

Bottles of vape liquid on sale at a store in London, Britain, 30 January 2024. To protect the health of children, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans to ban the sale of disposable vapes. Sunak is looking also to introduce laws preventing younger generations from buying tobacco. EPA/ANDY RAIN Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
Bottles of vape liquid on sale at a store in London, Britain, 30 January 2024. To protect the health of children, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans to ban the sale of disposable vapes. Sunak is looking also to introduce laws preventing younger generations from buying tobacco. EPA/ANDY RAIN Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
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"The long-term impacts of vaping are unknown, and the nicotine within them can be highly addictive, so while vaping can be a useful tool to help smokers quit, marketing vapes to children is not acceptable," Sunak said. The UK is to ban single-use vapes.

Statistics show that 9% of 11- to 15-year-olds in the U.K. are smoking vapes despite it being legal only for adults.

Dr. Ryan Sultan, an assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, elucidates, "The aerosol from e-cigarettes contains potentially harmful chemicals, not found in tobacco smoke, like heavy metals or volatile organic compounds. While less harmful substances are produced, the ones may still pose health risks."

How is vaping in US?

In 2019, 27.5% of high school students reported using e-cigarettes. ( Journal of the American Medical Association,2019), as only 5% of adults stated using e-cigarettes. 4.5% of American adults used e-cigarettes.

What actions do you think should be taken to prevent kids from nicotine contact? Do you agree with the UK?

Sources: NBC; SingleCare; The New York Times

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