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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government to Tackle Tobacco and Vaping

Kenneth Gibson MSP has welcomed the introduction of proposed legislation to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born on or after 01 January 2009, with tougher measures on vaping.

All governments in the UK agreed to bring forward a UK-wide Tobacco and Vapes Bill as part of their response to the 4 Nations “Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping consultation.”

The legislation, introduced at Westminster yesterday, 20 March, will gradually increase the age that people can buy such products.

This means that children born on in 2009 or later will never be able to buy cigarettes.

The Bill also includes new powers to regulate displays, contents, flavours and retail packaging of vapes and nicotine products, allowing restrictions to target flavours marketed at children and to move vapes out of sight of children and away from products like sweets.

The SNP Government has already published proposals to ban the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland using existing environmental powers.

If agreed by the Scottish Parliament, this would come into effect on 01 April 2025.


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