Glasgow City Council is calling for disposable vapes to be banned

Glasgow City Council is set to write to the Scottish government to support calls for a ban amid concerns about young people’s health and the impact of littering.

It is believed that the “brightly colored, sweet-flavored single-use vapes” are designed to appeal to a smaller market, and regular use can harm their health.

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The Glasgow Trade Standards team found several shops and wholesalers selling e-cigarettes that contained more than the legal nicotine limit.

More than 13,000 illegal e-cigarettes were seized in the city during random checks over a three-month period.

Chancellor Eileen McSporran will raise the issue with the Scottish government.

She said: “I have major concerns about single-use e-cigarettes, both in terms of their environmental impact and the impact on people’s health in the coming years.

“We’re seeing more and more disposable e-cigarettes litter our streets and green spaces because people drop them when they’re empty.

“They are made of plastic that, as we know, takes decades to degrade and can end up in our rivers and oceans where it poses a threat to wildlife and can get into the food chain.

They are also powered by lithium batteries which contain corrosive and flammable chemicals.

She added: “Their apparent marketing towards young people with sweet flavors and brightly colored packaging is another concern as more and more young people seem to be using them.

“I strongly support a ban on their sale and urge the Scottish government to act now to avoid a double catastrophe in the future.”

Green’s advisors, Jon Molyneux and Holly Bruce, have submitted a motion to the Environment Committee calling for the products to be banned.

During the meeting, Molyneux said: “We will support a ban on single-use electronic cigarettes. We want us to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to the maximum.”

After the meeting, he tweeted: “Scotland’s largest council has just agreed to support a ban on single-use e-cigarettes after comprehensive support for Holly Bros and my movement on the environment committee today.”

The Scottish government is currently conducting a review of single-use vapes which includes consideration of bans. The review will be led by Zero Waste Scotland.

Dundee City Council has also expressed support for banning the sale of single-use e-cigarettes.

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