A STONEHAVEN councillor wants Aberdeenshire Council to add their voice to the growing number of local authorities seeking a ban of single use disposable vapes in Scotland.
The Scottish Government is conducting a review, led by Zero Waste Scotland, of the environmental impacts and management of single-use vapes. This includes consideration of a ban.
And in a notice of motion for today’s meeting of Aberdeenshire Council, Cllr Sarah Dickinson sets out the dangers to young people posed by vapes.
Mrs Dickinson cites Sheila Duffy, the Chief Executive of ASH Scotland who stated, “Children using e-cigarettes is a major worry as most vaping products include nicotine, which is highly addictive, and toxic e-liquids that have not been safety tested for inhalation, and could risk damage to their growing lungs over time.”
Stonehaven’s well-known litter picker also points out the increasing litter nuisance caused by the gadgets containing plastic, copper, rubber and a lithium battery containing corrosive and flammable chemicals.
Vapes should be disposed of under small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations, to mitigate risks of fire in waste facilities, but are all too often put into general waste or dropped as litter.
In her motion the Liberal Democrat member for Stonehaven and Lower Deeside asks that Aberdeenshire Council write to the Scottish Government supporting the consideration of legislation banning single use vapes – and that they use their social media channels to highlight the health and environmental risks they pose.