Doctors call for children to be protected from vaping
Doctors have warned that children are at risk from vaping, and more should be done to protect them from illegal and unregulated products containing high levels of nicotine. Trading standards in England and Wales say the market is being flooded by unsafe, disposable vapes aimed at children, while some teachers say vaping is becoming a problem in secondary schools. An investigation by the BBC reveals a rise in complaints to Trading Standards over shops selling vapes to children – increasing from dozens each month last year to hundreds per month in 2022, and thousands of counterfeit and illicit products being seized. Dr Max Davie, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, called for plain packaging to be introduced and rules tightened so that vapes can only be advertised as an aid to stopping smoking, rather than as a fun and colourful lifestyle product.