The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) has called for a reprieve on click & collect services in the vaping sector in Scotland.
It comes as Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that ‘non-essential retail’ can no longer operate click & collect services during lockdown, including the vaping sector.
John Dunne, director general at the UKVIA, said click & collect “must be protected”, as Scotland’s smoke-free target for 2034 is “hanging by a thread”.
He said: “Cancer Research UK has already cautioned Scotland is on course to miss its smoke-free target by 16 years. All the nations must reconsider how they support the vaping industry and the public during lockdown. Squandering the potential of modern, harm-reduction tools is a disaster for public health.
“I am writing to ministers and MPs to urge them to protect click & collect retail provisions, and the British vaping sector stands ready to support in any way it can,” he said.
Doug Mutter, manufacturing and compliance director at vaping retailer and manufacturer VPZ, warned of a “lung health crisis” if smoking rates continue to increase.
Mutter said: “Years of hard work in reducing smoking rates in Scotland are on the verge of being wasted.
“Specialist vaping stores have done a fantastic job in adapting safely to trying times, so the suspension of click & collect is a huge blow.”