The government has today been urged to move early to tackle the worsening blight of disposable vapes, with campaigners warning single-use e-cigarettes are leading to a surge in electrical waste and increasing levels of litter.

In an open letter to the Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey and Health Secretary Steve Barclay, 18 environment and health groups, including Green Alliance, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Marine Conservation Society, and RSPCA, have called for a full ban on the sale of single-use e-cigarettes in order to stem their “rapidly escalating threat” to public health and the environment.

The move follows research from Material Focus earlier in the year that showed that at least 1.3 million disposable vapes are thrown away every week, equating to two vapes per second, enough to fill 22 football pitches per year.

The devices contain plastic, nicotine, and batteries and as such they are both “hazardous to

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