Disposable vapes will be banned next year under new legislation proposed today.

The Scottish Government has put forward draft legislation to bring in the ban on sale and supply of single use vapes from April 2025.

The ban was recommended following a UK wide consultation ‘Creating a Smokefree Generation and Tackling Youth Vaping’ last year.

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It needs separate legislation in each of the four UK nations.

The draft legislation is open for consultation until March 8.

Lorna Slater, Circular Economy Minister, said: “Legislating to ban the sale and supply of single-use vapes fulfils a Programme for Government commitment to reduce vaping among non-smokers and young people and take action to tackle their environmental impact.

“The public consultation demonstrated that there is strong support for tougher action on vaping. From causing fires in waste facilities to more than 26 million disposable vapes being consumed and thrown away in Scotland in the past year, single-use vapes are a threat to our environment as well as to our public health.

“These proposed changes to the law demonstrate our absolute commitment to further improve the wellbeing of communities and protecting our beautiful natural environment.”