Tobacco and Vapes Bill introduced to Parliament: What you need to know

A new bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday (20 March) to prohibit the sale of tobacco to children under the age of 15, delivering on the
Prime Minister’s commitment to create a smokefree generation.

The Tobacco and Vapes Bill aims to protect future generations from the harmful impacts of smoking, thereby saving thousands of lives and billions of pounds
for the NHS.

The bill will also introduce new powers to restrict vape flavours and packaging deliberately targeted towards children, as well as allow the government to
change how they are displayed in shops, moving them out of sight of children and away from products that appeal to them, like sweets.

Additionally, enforcement officers’ powers will be strengthened with ‘on the spot fines’ of £100 to ensure compliance with the new laws. This complements
the existing maximum fine of £2,500 that local authorities can already impose. It will also become illegal to provide free samples of vapes to children under
the age of 18.