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Government moves to ban sale of e-cigarettes to under 18s

E-cigarettes

The chemical constituents and contaminants in e-cigarettes vary between products

The Government is taking steps to ban the sale of unregulated electronic cigarettes to children under the age of 18 years, by amending the Children and Families Bill which is currently going through Parliament.

The law will also be changed to prevent people over the age of 18 buying tobacco products for people under the age of 18.

In a statement, the chief medical officer for England Dame Sally Davies said: “We do not yet know the harm that e-cigarettes can cause to adults, let alone to children, but we do know they are not risk free.

“E-cigarettes can produce toxic chemicals and the amount of nicotine and other chemical constituents and contaminants, including vaporised flavourings, varies between products meaning they could be extremely damaging to young people’s health.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11133487

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