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Vaping Guidance 


• Over the past decade, child (aged under 18) use of vapes has been consistently low. However, a recent NHS Digital survey showed a doubling of regular vape use for 11 to 15 year olds to 4% in 2021 compared to 2% in 2018.
• There are regulations in place to prevent children from vaping. The law protects children from vapes through restricting sales to over 18s only, limiting nicotine content, refill bottle and tank sizes, labelling requirements and through advertising restrictions.
• Adverts for e-cigarettes and their components are prohibited from featuring anything likely to be of particular appeal to people under the age of 18, such as characters or celebrities would be familiar with.
• The Government expects industry to comply with UK vaping regulations. Local enforcement agencies are responsible for ensuring that vapes comply with The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 in the UK. 
• There will be £3m provided over two years to fund a new “flying squad” to tackle illegal and underage vape sales. This national programme function will help share knowledge and intelligence across the country, undertake test purchasing and testing of products, and disrupt illicit supply – including on organised crime gangs. 
• In October 2022, new content was published on the potential risks of vaping for young people on the FRANK and Better Health websites and have provided input to educational resources produced by partners including the PSHE Association. 
• A new resource pack for schools on vaping which will be made available by July is currently being developed 


 SmokeFree Gloucestershire - Vaping and e-cigarettes 

Developed by SmokeFree Sheffield in collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), GHLL and One Gloucestershire have joined forces to share these useful posters and leaflets with you to help facilitate conversations in class around vaping and e-cigarettes.

Poster: Vaping and e-cigarettes - The facts - poster 1 

Poster: Vaping and e-cigarettes - The facts - poster 2

Leaflet: The facts for parents and carers 

Classroom Presentation 

Teachers Presentation 

Whole School Approach to Reducing Vaping - training delivered by GHLL's Lead Teachers.

GHLL Lead Teachers have hosted a training session centred around reducing vaping. 

Please log in to the review tool to take a look at the slides.

Vapes and E-Cigarettes


Department of Helath - Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping

The Prime Minister has set out plans to build a better and brighter future for our children. This includes the introduction of a new law to stop children who turn 14 this year or younger from ever legally being sold cigarettes and a further crackdown on youth vaping.

Key measures have been announced by the Department of Health on how this will be achieved.  

The full publication can be found here


Vaping – KS3 form time activities

In these 3 form time sessions, students learn about social pressures around vaping, its impact, and the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain:

Vaping: What and why? 
Vaping: The impact 
Vaping: Nicotine
Includes a "Guidance for teaching about vaping" document to support one-to-one conversations with young people.

Download the activities 


Teenage Vaping: What's the Harm?

Rachel Burden investigates the youth vaping phenomenon and asks if we should be worried about young people getting addicted.  Watch on BBC One at 20:00 (22:40 in Wales) on Monday 4 September - and afterwards on BBC iPlayer (UK only)

Watch on BBC One at 20:00 (22:40 in Wales) on Monday 4 September - and afterwards on BBC iPlayer (UK only)

Vapes are electronic devices designed to allow people to inhale nicotine in a vapour. Using a vape is known as vaping. Vapes are also available without nicotine.

Also called:

  • e-cigarettes
  • e-cigs
  • e-hookah
  • e-liquids
  • puff bars
  • vape pens
  • vape pods
  • vape sticks

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Dizzy, headache, nauseous or mildly stimulated, relaxed.
Read more about how it feels
Effects on your body
Increased blood pressure and heart rate, faster breathing.
Read more about how it feels
How long it takes to work
Effects peak 5 - 10 minutes after your first puff.
Read more about how long it takes to work
How long the effects last
The effects last two to three hours after your last puff.
Read more about how long the effects last
Common risks
Nicotine makes the heart beat much faster. This can make you feel nauseous/sick the first time you use it. Nicotine is addictive and can be hard to stop using once you’ve started. Vaping is a lot less harmful than smoking but it doesn’t mean it’s harmless.
Read more about the risks


Vaping & Cannabis Edibles 

Click here to read the latest information on vapes from 'Talk to Frank'

Click here to read about the risks of taking cannabis edibles. 


Trading Standards

Trading Standards can respond to reports regarding the sale of illegal vapes and under-age sales in a number of ways, ranging from disrupting sales by seizure of illegal product to prosecution of sellers where they continue despite advice and warnings from our officers.

Information about shops selling to young people, or generally selling illegal vapes, can be submitted to Trading Standards art

Be assured Trading Standards will never reveal the source of any report without permission.


A 12-year-old girl who suffered a lung collapse and spent four days in an induced coma has told the BBC that children should never start vaping.

Read the full article using the link below.

Never start vaping, says 12-year-old girl with lung damage - BBC News



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