A survey of vaping paraphernalia shops has found that pretty much all of them are breaking industry guidelines by selling their fancy flavoured electronic cigarettes to people who don't and never have smoked.
Apparently, right, there's a thing called the Independent British Vape Trade Association, and this represents the majority of traders who sell the products. They have put in place some guidelines that cover the selling of the chewable pen things, with one saying they shouldn't sell them to people without a history of smoking legacy tobacco cigarettes.
The guidelines state: "Vape products are for current or former smokers and existing users of vaping devices, therefore [shops should] never knowingly sell to anyone who is not a current or former smoker, or a current vaper."
But shops, as you might expect, aren't asking the question of their customers, with the Royal Society for Public Health saying that 87 per cent of vape sellers don't inquire and are staying wilfully ignorant of the smoking histories of buyers in order to sell more things.
This puts the vaping industry in a weird position where it might end up becoming a gateway into real tobacco for part of the public, which surely is the opposite idea of the entire plastic-tube-sucking trend? [BBC]
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