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Disposable vaping ban could affect most vulnerable says Harrogate charity

Harrogate-based charity Yorkshire Cancer Research believes banning disposable vapes may prevent the vulnerable from quitting smoking.

Disposable vaping ban could affect most vulnerable says Harrogate charity A Harrogate-based charity believes banning disposable vapes may prevent the vulnerable from quitting smoking. UK ministers are reportedly on the verge of banning single-use vapes in the UK to stop nicotine addiction in children. But charity Yorkshire Cancer Research has said that vapes are an "effective stop smoking tool" that successfully helps thousands of vulnerable adults quit. The statement reads:

"Yorkshire Cancer Research welcomes measures that will help prevent young people who do not smoke from accessing vaping products. It is clear that a ban of disposable vaping products is likely to have some impact. "However, we are concerned that a complete ban on single-use vapes could make it harder for adults from specific, vulnerable groups to quit smoking."
The government's decision follows a recommendation from local councils that the devices should be banned on both environmental and medical grounds. The Yorkshire Cancer Research statement added:

"Vaping is an effective stop smoking tool that successfully helps thousands of adults who smoke reduce their risk of cancer every year.

"Disposable vapes are particularly useful for some groups of people, such as those on no or little incomes who may find the initial expense of a starter kit too great.

"They may not be able to keep one charged if they do not have reliable and consistent accommodation.

"Within mental health and prison settings, disposable and tamperproof devices may also help to avoid substance or device misuse."

The charity has argued that the latest data suggests smoking rates have decreased at a faster rate in Yorkshire than in other regions.

Yorkshire Cancer Research currently supports various stop smoking programmes. The statement concluded:

"Quitting smoking is the single most significant action a person can take for their future health.

"We urge the government to ensure that people from our most vulnerable communities are not forgotten."

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