Vaping is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, but it’s important to know that there are laws about how old you need to be before you can legally use e-cigarettes or disposable vape pens. In the UK, the legal age for vaping is 18 years old.
It’s illegal for anyone under this age to purchase, attempt to purchase or possess any nicotine products, including disposable vape pens and other vaping devices. While some shops may not ask for identification when selling e-cigarettes or accessories, it’s still against the law for a person under 18 years of age to buy them.
The minimum legal age has been set at 18 so that young people don’t become addicted to nicotine at an early age and put their health at risk. Smoking is already known to have devastating effects on both physical and mental health and vaping isn’t much safer. Therefore, it’s important that young people wait until they reach the legal age before trying these kind of products.
In addition, it’s worth noting that in certain places in the UK (such as enclosed public spaces) vaping is also illegal regardless of your age. So make sure you familiarise yourself with local laws before using disposable vape pens or other vaping devices in public areas.