Highland Green MSP welcomes positive impact that disposable vapes ban will have on the region
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The forthcoming ban on disposable vapes will mean a cleaner, greener and healthier future for people in the Highlands according to a local Scottish Green MSP.
The sale and supply of disposable vapes is being banned across the UK because of their appeal to young people – with the new bill expected to be coming into force in 2025.
Five million disposable vapes are thrown away every week in the UK, with many ending up on the roadside and beaches in communities like the Highlands.
Ariane Burgess said the ban is "great news for Scotland's health" and for the local community, saying disposable vapes are are "a menace for public health and our environment."
She said: “Everyone in the Highlands has seen the impact that they are having on our countryside, beaches and streets.
“The vape companies are purposefully using bright colours and fruity flavours like raspberry, mango and watermelon, that appeal to children.
“I know that a lot of teachers and school staff will welcome this, and so will a lot of parents, including many in the Highlands who have taken the time to write to me.
“This is a big step that the Scottish Greens have long campaigned for, and another clear sign of our party getting things done for people and for planet.
“In the meantime, I hope that retailers and business owners in the Highlands ask themselves if they really want to support such a damaging industry, and take action to remove disposable vapes from their shelves.”
The ban will be overseen by the Circular Economy Minister, and Scottish Green co-leader, Lorna Slater.