Figures reveal that the number of children who have tried vaping rose from 7.7% last year to 11.6%.
Ashraf, who works in Ye Olde Vape Shoppe in Norwich, said he noticed the demographic for disposable vapes is becoming younger.
He’s worried people can “just put on some makeup,” to make themselves look older.
He now keeps a notebook in his shop, containing all the daily instances of when an underage individual enters the shop, and the time in which they entered.
Children are becoming increasingly experimental with disposable vapes, according to Action on Smoking and Health.
Vaping is becoming more common amongst 11–17-year-olds, regardless of the fact that the legal age to purchase a disposable vape is 18 years old.
Rishi Sunak has put forward the idea of making vapes less colourful, as their vibrant appearance could be making disposables more inviting and exciting for children.
However, Ashraf said he thinks “it is not going to make much of a difference.”
He said “disposable vapes are already so widespread,” that it won’t have the impact hoped for.
Action on Smoke and Health said 20.5% of children have tried vaping