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Hampshire County Council Calls for Ban on Disposable E-cigarettes

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According to a report by the Daily Echo on August 7, the Hampshire County Council in the UK is calling for a nationwide ban on the sale of disposable e-cigarettes. With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, it is estimated that 1.3 million disposable e-cigarettes are discarded every week, making it the fastest-growing type of waste.

Nick Adams-King, a leading member responsible for promoting services in Hampshire Council, expressed his concern about the escalating amount of plastic waste generated by discarded e-cigarettes.

He also focuses on the serious health issues related to underage consumption of e-cigarettes.

In a recent incident, a discarded e-cigarette sparked a fire in Bursledon, Hampshire. The Hampshire County Council, following in the footsteps of other local authorities across the UK, has responded to these concerns by calling for a ban on the sale of disposable e-cigarettes.

The organization also allows individuals to recycle e-cigarettes at any household waste recycling center.

Nick, a leading member of the Hampshire County Council responsible for the implementation of public services, expressed that…

In our villages, towns, and cities, the prevalence of discarded e-cigarettes is on the rise, resulting in a significant increase in plastic waste. This is one of the reasons why Hampshire Council has joined local governments across the UK in calling for a ban on the sale of disposable e-cigarettes, in addition to the serious health concerns associated with underage e-cigarette use.

The disposable e-cigarette contains a lithium-ion battery that, if damaged, may pose a fire hazard.

The Hampshire County Council estimates that there is an average of one fire per month caused by batteries, faulty electrical appliances, or disposable barbecues, occurring in waste trucks or facilities.

In 2021, a major fire broke out at the Portsmouth recycling facility, believed to have been caused by batteries, leading to the closure of the premises for three months.

References:

[1] Hampshire County Council calls for ban on single-use vapes

 

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