Prohibition of the sale and supply of single-use vapes: equality impact assessment results - interim

The interim equality impact assessment results for the proposed prohibition of the sale and supply of single-use vapes.

Recommendations and Conclusion

46. The evidence collated indicates that the proposal is not likely to have significant adverse impacts on the majority of those with protected characteristics.

47. However, it has been identified that disabled and older individuals who currently use single-use vapes may be impacted more than others. Individuals from the groups who have dexterity or visual impairments in particular are more likely to experience negative impacts from the proposal.

48. At this time, following wider internal Scottish Government consultation and engagement with relevant external organisations, we do not believe there to be sufficient evidence to amend the proposal. Alternatives to single-use vapes are widely available, including reusable vapes as well as nicotine patches and gum for smoking cessation purposes. The latter options are available through prescription for current cigarette smokers who are trying to stop.

49. Individuals wishing to stop smoking will remain able to seek advice and support from existing organisations and support services. This includes Quit Your Way Scotland[48] and NHS services[49] such as local pharmacies. Local specialist ‘stop smoking services’ commonly help in hospitals, GP surgeries and local community centres.

50. It is considered there is a sufficient notice and transition period prior to the implementation of the regulations, due 1 April 2025, to allow those using single-use vapes to adjust to reusable alternatives.

51. However, the Scottish Government will consider new evidence that the proposal could be discriminatory to those with protected characteristics through the consultation. Such evidence would help to further inform the implementation of the proposed policy.

52. This EQIA has been undertaken using the data and evidence available and gathered to date. However, as this is a preliminary and indicative assessment of the potential impacts, it will, in line with best practice be subject to further review and revision. It is our intention to use the upcoming consultation period to undertake additional evidence building and stakeholder engagement. This will help to further test our findings and better understand any impacts that may occur. The outcome from these discussions will be included in an updated assessment to be published with our response to the consultation.

53. There are several evidence gaps noted in the EQIA. The consultation period will be used to further engage with stakeholders on these areas. The consultation itself will also be used to gather additional evidence from stakeholders.

54. This EQIA will be updated following the public consultation to reflect any new evidence.



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