Children under the age of 18 will be banned from buying potentially “toxic” e-cigarettes under new laws to be announced next week.
Ministers will also make it a criminal offence for the first time for adults to buy conventional cigarettes for under-aged children, punishable with a fine of up to £2,500.
The moves come in response to concerns that growing numbers of children are taking up “e-cigarettes”, before becoming addicted to nicotine and moving on to regular smoking.
But as Chris Snowden has pointed out, the tests have been done and we know that e-ciggies are not a gateway to real ones. In the jargon, they’re a substitute, not a complement.