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13th Oct 2022

Government planning complete ban of disposable vapes

Stephen Porzio


“I think this is an example of an innovation that is really making the world a worse place.”

Minister of State Ossian Smyth has said he believes that disposable vapes need to “be banned completely” and that he has been working with officials on the plan.

The Minister made the comments on Newstalk Breakfast on Thursday (13 October) while discussing Ireland’s efforts to initiate a “circular economy” in which the reusing of materials is emphasised.

During the conversation, the topic of disposable vapes was raised on which Smyth said:

“I’ve no problem with vaping. I can see that it’s something where you recharge your vape and you put liquid in and you reuse it again and again.

“But what’s emerged in the last year has been this idea of a single-use vape.

“You buy this thing, it’s got everything in it – the battery, the vape liquid, it’s a plastic tube – and when you’re finished, typically people are often throwing them on the ground.

“I think this is a product that actually just needs to be banned completely.”

Smyth told the programme that this is his plan and that he has been working with his officials on it, before adding that he will carry out a public consultation on the matter first.

“But I think this is an example of an innovation that is really making the world a worse place,” he also said.

“The idea that you would buy a product that’s very attractive to children, tastes like bubblegum, you smoke on it for maybe 50 drags and then it just gets thrown on the ground.

“And it contains valuable materials: lithium-ion battery, electronics, copper, plastic.

“I think it’s really the opposite of everything we’re trying to do.”

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