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Vaping Harm

Reporting of underage / Illegal vape sales – Lancashire Trading Standards Service

Recently there has been a marked rise in both, youth vaping and a market in illicit, unregulated vapes. Consequently, unsafe illegal vapes are available to young people. Recent reports show they may contain dangerous levels of metals such as lead & nickel. In fact, a quarter of the vapes sold to young people are not compliant with UK product regulations. 

 

Moreover, 40% of young people surveyed in Lancashire are buying vapes from local shops.

It is illegal to sell to young people under 18, parents or adults buying for under 18's can also be prosecuted.

 

Why is it important to report ?

Reporting enables:

  • Investigations into the legality of products
  • Investigation into any dangerous substances & toxicity levels
  • Identification of youth vaping trends
  • Assessment of risk & development of a locally co-ordinated plan where alerts need to be issues to prevent harm.

 


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