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Important Announcement: Government to Ban Disposable Vapes!

We have incredible news to share! The UK government has announced a ban on disposable vapes. This move represents a major milestone in protecting not only children and young people but wildlife and our environment too. The UK government also released the results of their most recent consultation, ‘Creating a Smoke-Free Generation and Youth Vaping’. This is the second consultation to which we had submitted a response detailing the impact that disposable vapes have on wildlife and the environment.

The problem with disposable vapes

These devices are thrown away, many littering our streets, countryside and beaches with some entering our waterways and having potentially devastating consequences for our precious wildlife.

A massive 5 million disposable vapes are thrown away weekly in the UK. This is four times the amount since Material Focus first researched the issue only a year ago, and equates to a whopping 8 vapes per second. This unbelievable figure is creating yet more hazardous litter to the environment and places our precious wildlife at risk.

A discarded vape found on the beach
A discarded vape found on the beach

Vapes are a danger to animals

While disposable vapes are becoming increasingly popular, they pose significant risks to animals both domesticated and wild.


The lithium-ion batteries in vapes can overheat and cause a fire if they are not handled or disposed of properly. This can not only cause harm to individuals but also lead to devastating wildfires that can destroy habitats and threaten wildlife.

Ingestion, poisoning, and choking hazards

Animals such as birds, fish, and marine mammals often mistake vapes for food and can suffer from internal injuries or even death as a result. These hazards also apply to young children who may accidentally ingest vapes or the liquid nicotine contained within them.

Over 13,000 supporters called for a ban

Together, our voices have made politicians listen. As a result, we are one step closer to protecting animals and the environment - but it's not over yet.

Thank you for your support on this vitally important issue.

Recycle vapes responsibly

In the meantime, it's important to dispose of vapes properly. Remember, vapes shouldn't be placed in normal household bins or battery recycling points usually found within supermarket entrances.