Pi News –
Rishi Sunak hit back at Liz Truss after her predecessor attacked her plan to ban single-use vapes.
On Monday morning, the prime minister said there was nothing “conservative” about “concerning the health of our children”.
His comments were a direct rebuttal to Truss, who said this morning the government needed to “change this deeply Conservative policy”.
One-off vaping has been a major factor in the “alarming” rise in youth vaping, according to the government.
The number of vandals between the ages of 11 and 17 has increased almost ninefold in the past two years.
In addition to a complete ban on single-use vapes, new restrictions will be placed on vape flavors marketed specifically to children.
Manufacturers are required to produce simpler “visually attractive” packaging.
Stores will also need to change the way vapes are displayed in stores, moving them away from products that kids can’t see and that attract them, like candy.
This is due to the government’s plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to those born on or after January 1, 2009.
Sunak told broadcasters today: “I don’t think there’s anything conservative about taking care of our children’s health.”
He also told Tory MPs he would give a free vote on the planned smoking ban.
“Parliament has a long tradition of free, non-partisan voting,” he said.
“But I think it’s the right thing to do for our country in the long term. Smoking causes one in four cancer deaths.
“It’s responsible for one hospitalization every minute. “If we do not take any measures in this regard, hundreds of thousands of people will die in the coming years.”
Truss said: “While the state has a duty to protect children from harm, in a free society adults must make their own choices about their lives.
“Banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone born in 2009 or later creates an absurd situation where adults enjoy different rights based on their date of birth.
“The Conservative government should not seek to expand the nanny state. It only helps those who want to ban further choices they don’t approve of.
“The newly elected national government in New Zealand is already reversing the smoking ban proposed by the previous administration.
The government should act immediately and reverse this deeply conservative policy.”