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The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) calls for an “enforcement first” strategy to regulate vapes in a government consultation. It means more funding for agencies such as the Office for Consumer Justice and not introducing policies that are difficult to enforce.
Because this would immediately trigger a surge in the illegal market. Moreover, it will be more difficult to stop those who are already trading illegally.
At the same time, the ACS is calling on the government to significantly increase and publicize investment in education on recyclable devices. So as to avoid disposable vapes being thrown away. And also apparently supports strict regulations on the description and packaging of some tobacco flavors.
“Items target at appealing to children should be banned,” the ACS says. But it is important to remain some flavors for adult consumers to help smokers switch from cigarettes to vapes.
James Lowman, chief executive of ACS says that,
“The purpose of consulting on the future of vaping should be that we end up with a properly regulated, sustainable and responsible market that continues to help people quit smoking. But that is not accessible to young people.”
Moreover, he further says that an outright ban on disposable vapes may be too radical. And it will encourage dangerous illegal trade. So we must ensure that vape recycling, flavor and proof-of-age policies are addressed.
These concerns include:
What’s more, Lowman says that the government has set out its intention to press ahead with a generational tobacco ban. But they must consider all the impacts and risks before doing so. In addition, the government needs to ensure retailers and front-line colleagues are appropriately equipped in enforcing such a ban.