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.


59. Marine litter predominantly comes from land, with a 2020 study by Marine Scotland suggesting more than 90% of plastics in Scottish seas comes from Scottish littering on land.[53]

60. Single-use vapes are becoming the fastest growing litter item in Scotland according to Keep Scotland Beautiful.[54]

61. As the number of single-use vapes being disposed of is expected to drop immediately after the ban comes into effect, we would also expect to see an immediate reduction in single-use vapes being littered[55].

62. Reduced littering of single-use vapes is likely to have positive impacts, both in improved disamenity and reduced levels of associated cleansing costs[56].

63. It is therefore concluded that no further exploration of cleansing and litter impact is required for island communities as this benefit will be seen across Scotland and in all coastal areas.



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