Consultation outcome: Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping

The Scottish Government

February 12
12:35 2024

The large majority of responses supported the government proposal to create a smokefree generation.

Respondents were mostly in favour of the proposed measures to tackle youth vaping, particularly restricting point of sale displays and restricting packaging. Although there were mixed views on how best to do this.

There was also support for extending these regulations to cover non-nicotine vapes as well as to other consumer nicotine products, such as nicotine pouches, to avoid loopholes and support stronger enforcement.

Respondents were strongly in favour of introducing a ban on the sale and supply of disposable vaping products.

There was significant support for enforcement across the tobacco and vaping measures including introducing new fixed penalty notices in England.

The UK Government and devolved administrations will now bring forward measures to create the first smokefree generation and tackle the rise in youth vaping.

Original consultation


A consultation on the proposed actions the UK Government and devolved administrations will take to tackle smoking and youth vaping.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

This consultation asks questions on proposed action to protect future generations from the harms of smoking, by creating the first smokefree generation. It also asks about proposals to crack down on youth vaping and ensure the law is enforced.

The proposed actions are outlined in more detail in Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation.

The consultation asks questions in 3 areas for which new legislation would be needed, which are:

  1. Creating a smokefree generation: consulting on the smokefree generation policy and its scope.
  2. Tackling youth vaping: consulting on several options to ensure we take the most appropriate and impactful steps, building on Englands analysis of the youth vaping call for evidence.
  3. Enforcement: consulting on the proposal to introduce new powers for local authorities in England and Wales to issue fixed penalty notices to enforce age of sale legislation of tobacco products and vapes.

If youre responding as an individual sharing your professional views or on behalf of an organisation, you may upload a document to support your response at the end of the survey. Please do not upload information that could identify an individual or member of the public.

If you have any issues completing the online survey, contact Please do not include any personal information in your email.


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