Environmental impact of single-use vapes review commissioned

Single-use vapes

The Scottish government has commissioned an “urgent review” of the environmental impacts and management of single-use vapes.

The review, which the Scottish government says comes in response to emerging concerns around the negative consequences of the disposable devices, will inform potential policy responses, which could include “a ban of the products.”

Zero Waste Scotland will lead the review, which the Scottish government says will consider international experience and action, including any key developments in the European Union (EU).

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, commented: “Any form of littering is an unacceptable, anti-social behaviour, that is damaging to the environment and the economy.

“Single-use items, like disposable vapes, are becoming an all-too-common eyesore in areas where we live, work and socialise, and can last in our environment for years and years.

“Tackling our throwaway culture is a priority here at Zero Waste Scotland and we are happy to lead on this important review.”

Other approaches could include increasing access to responsible disposal options, improved product design or public communications campaigns, the Scottish government says.

Not only are single-use vapes bad for public health, but they are also bad for the environment.

The Scottish Government is also working on a “refreshed” Tobacco Action Plan, which is due to be published this Autumn and will consider a “range of interventions” with an emphasis on reducing smoking and vaping among children and young people.

Commenting on the review, Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater, said: “Not only are single-use vapes bad for public health, but they are also bad for the environment. From litter on our streets to the risk of fires in waste facilities, there are issues which need to be addressed urgently.

“We will consider the evidence and expert advice and come forward with policy options, which could include a potential ban on single-use vapes.

“In the meantime, we would urge everyone who uses these products to make sure they are disposed of properly.”

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