RPS responds to DHSC consultation on smokefree generation

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has responded to the Department of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) consultation on ‘Creating a Smokefree Generation and Tackling Youth Vaping’.

Drawing on our e-cigarette policy and the expertise of our Science and Research committee, we outlined key recommendations to address the pressing issue of youth vaping and tobacco consumption, including:

  • Strongly supporting the proposal that individuals born on or after 1 January 2009 should be prohibited from legally purchasing tobacco products
  • Advocating for the inclusion of all tobacco products, cigarette papers, and herbal smoking products in the new legislation
  • Urging the UK Government and devolved administrations to impose restrictions on vape flavours
  • Emphasising the need for restrictions on disposable vapes, including their sale and supply

RPS President, Professor Claire Anderson, said: "Our recommendations reflect a commitment to creating a future free from the harms of tobacco and youth vaping. It's crucial to prohibit access for the youngest generation, regulate all tobacco-related items, and address the allure of flavoured e-cigarettes.”

Read our full response to the consultation.

Read our policy on e-cigarettes.

Read more RPS news stories.


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