We can see those colourful sticks smelling like cotton candy, strawberries or melons everywhere. We also see plenty of those rolling around on bus floors, dumped on pavements and in bars around Glasgow. To combat environmental issues and protect children, The Scottish Government is considering a ban on single-use vapes that would make Glasgow the first city in the UK if it goes through.
While it’s tempting to use disposable vapes as it doesn’t commit us to buying the ‘real deal’, creating the illusion of easier quitting, it can become a quick habit of just popping to the shop and spending the five quid on the temporary fix. Over and over again.
Glasgow City Council is also in favour of the single-use vape ban, with rising health and environmental concerns. The specific health concerns mentioned were the bright colours and sweet flavours of the vapes, making it more attractive to children.
Due to rising concerns, The Scottish Government has set up a special support group to consider the ban in Glasgow. What is more, Scottish Green Party councillor Jon Molyneux has brought the motion forward, which was later approved by the committee.
Counsillor Jon Molyneux expressed: “Single-use vapes are unnecessary and the all-too-obvious evidence on our streets is that they are giving rise to another harmful throwaway culture.”
When could the ban on single-use vapes happen?
If all goes to plan, the disposable vape ban plan could be published this Autumn. It could result in a full ban, or the introduction of further restrictions, such as the restriction of certain types of businesses like sweet shops.