According to reports, the UK government is poised to implement a ban on disposable vapes in a matter of days.
Vaping entails inhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette, and typically, the liquid, often referred to as "vape juice," can contain nicotine, as well as marijuana distillate or oil.
This widespread habit among teenagers has raised concerns among prominent pediatricians and advocates for public waste reduction.
Calls are currently being made to outlaw disposable devices for reasons related to health and the environment.
The government has reached the conclusion that the product is primarily being marketed to children, leading to their addiction.
Child respiratory doctors criticized the government last year for neglecting to acknowledge the dangers of permitting the sale of e-cigarettes in packaging designed to appeal to children.
According to an insider within the government, as reported by The Daily Telegraph: "Disposable vapes are almost entirely aimed at kids and they are environmentally damaging. There is a wide consensus emerging on the need to act."
While certain studies suggest that vapes could be the most effective means to assist smokers in quitting, other research, as reported by The Mirror, has associated vaping with depression among teenagers and young adults.
Dr. Teresa To, the lead researcher of the study and a senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, states: "Chronic stress can lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression."
"It's important for young people experiencing chronic stress to be given support early on to help them avoid resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms like vaping or smoking."
"Vaping is not an effective way to cope with stress, but stress and anxiety can trigger vape cravings, and make it harder for a user to quit."
The Guardian reported last week that an astonishing five million disposable vapes are discarded in the UK every week.
The not-for-profit organization Material Focus highlights that this translates to eight vapes being discarded every second, and the lithium found within these products could be used to manufacture 5,000 electric car batteries annually.
The executive director, Scott Butler, goes so far as to assert that disposable vapes are 'the most environmentally wasteful, damaging and dangerous consumer product ever made'.
Disposing of vapes can indeed pose a risk to public safety, as lithium batteries have the potential to become flammable when subjected to pressure or damage.
A decision regarding the potential ban on disposable vapes in the UK is expected to be revealed next week, following consultations with the Health Department.