Prohibition of the sale and supply of single-use vapes: island communities impact screening assessment

The interim island communities impact screening assessment for the proposed prohibition of the sale and supply of single-use vapes.

Introduction to Island Communities Impact Assessment Report

1. This Island Communities Impact Screening Assessment has been prepared to accompany a public consultation on prohibiting (hereafter referred to as ‘ban’) the sale and supply of single-use vapes. This includes both nicotine and non-nicotine containing products since the environmental concerns exist for both types of products.

2. It considers steps one, two and three of the Scottish Government guidance and will be updated as the policy development process progresses.

  • 1. Develop a clear understanding of the proposal objectives
  • 2. Data and stakeholders
  • 3. Consultation

3. Further information on these and subsequent steps, as well as the importance of Island Communities Impact Assessments, can be found in the guidance on the Scottish Government website[1].

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018

4. The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 places a duty on Scottish Ministers and other relevant public bodies to have regard to island communities in exercising their functions and in the development of legislation.

5. Section 13 of the 2018 Act obliges Scottish Ministers to prepare an Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) in relation to legislation which, in their opinion, is likely to influence an island community that is significantly different from its effect on other communities in Scotland.

6. Section 13 further states that an ICIA must:

a. Describe the likely significant different effect of the legislation;

b. Assess the extent to which Scottish Ministers consider that the legislation can be developed in such a manner as to improve or mitigate, for island communities, the outcomes resulting from the legislation; and

c. Set out the financial implications of steps taken under this subsection to mitigate, for island communities, the outcomes resulting from the legislation.

7. The Scottish Government’s ICIA guidance sets out four preliminary stages that must be undertaken prior to preparing an ICIA. These are:

  • 1. Developing a clear understanding of the objectives and intended outcomes of the policy, strategy or service including any island needs or impacts.
  • 2. Gathering data, identifying evidence gaps and identifying stakeholders.
  • 3. Consulting with appropriate stakeholders.
  • 4. Assessing whether there are any issues resulting from the proposed policy that are significantly different from those that would be experienced on the mainland, or on other islands.

8. If any significantly different impacts are identified, an ICIA will be required.



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