Merseyside and Cheshire health officials call for vape ban

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Nine public health directors say vapes may have unidentified ingredients that could be harmful.

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Health officials have joined forces to condemn the rise of disposable vapes and the "disgraceful" tactics tobacco companies use to target children.

Nine directors of public health operating in Cheshire and Merseyside are calling for a country-wide ban on sales of disposable vapes. They said the rapid rise of vaping was alarming and they may have unidentified ingredients that could be harmful.Last month it was announced aThe nine directors are from the council areas of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington and Wirral.

They said they were worried about the "negative impact vaping can have on health and wellbeing, especially amongst our children"."But as directors of public health we must always be vigilant to any emerging trends that may impact this positive outcome.with 1.3 million vapes being thrown away each week in the UK, and poorer quality vaping products readily available on the high street may have unidentified ingredients that have the potential to cause unknown harm.

The group said it understood vapes can help people stop smoking, but added it was "unacceptable that colourful, covetable, plastic vapes are permeating children's lives and setting them up for a life-long dangerous smoking habit"."We have no doubt that aggressive marketing and advertising strategies from tobacco companies, like offering a variety of enticing flavourings and colours, are to blame.

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