SCOTLAND is to join England and Wales in banning single-use vapes on April 1 2025.

Holyrood has reached agreement with Westminster and Cardiff on the date - with official plans to be published today.

Recommendations made following a UK-wide consultation have been accepted by the Scottish Government, with minister Lorna Slater saying there was a “clear majority” for an outright ban.

In a bid to stem smoking, it will also become illegal for anyone born after January 1 2009 to buy tobacco in Scotland under the new rules.

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Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “Legislating to ban the sale and supply of single-use vapes fulfils a Programme for Government commitment to reduce vaping among non-smokers and young people and take action to tackle their environmental impact.

“The public consultation demonstrated that there is strong support for tougher action on vaping.

“From causing fires in waste facilities to more than 26million disposable vapes being consumed and thrown away in Scotland in the past year, single-use vapes are a threat to our environment as well as to our public health.

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“These proposed changes to the law demonstrate our absolute commitment to further improve the wellbeing of communities across Scotland as well as protecting our beautiful natural environment.”

Scotland, England and Wales are set to bring in their own separate legislations.

Westminster is also aiming to create a “smoke-free generation” to ban people who are 15 or younger now from ever being able to buy tobacco - and Scotland will replicate this with a consent motion by MSPs to agree the UK legislation.