Health officials are calling for a ban on sweet-flavoured e-liquids amid concerns they may appeal to children.

Public Health Wales has today released a statement in which it outlines “confectionery-like flavours of e-liquid should not be permitted, in order to reduce the appeal of vaping to children and young people”.

The statement highlights a concern that vaping can be seen as ‘safe’ and may lead to a nicotine addiction in later life.

It states: “But this is not the case, while the health risks of ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) are significantly lower than cigarettes they are not without risk.”

It advises there should be restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in environments where children are present, such as in school grounds or entrances, as well as restrictions on where the products are advertised.

Dr Julie Bishop, director of health improvement for Public Health Wales, said: “We recognise that there are a lot of confusing and contradictory messages around e-cigarettes. This is because there isn’t one simple answer – it is different for different groups of the population.

“In simple terms, if you don’t smoke, don’t vape. But if you are a committed smoker who is unwilling or unable to quit, switching completely to e-cigarettes will be beneficial to your health.”