Consultants warn of ‘nicotine time-bomb’ as kids flip to TikTok to illegally purchase vapes

Beneath a video on one now-deleted TikTok account, an underage person commented: “If I get extra money, would [you] conceal the vape… my dad and mom are strict.”

One other person replied: “I’ll discreetly wrap one for anybody and never ID for £10.”

In response to feedback asking whether or not age identification is required to purchase the merchandise, a number of sellers responded that it was not.

One vape account even gave the impression to be run by two youngsters. In response to a remark beneath a video, the account house owners stated: “We’re each 17.”

The sellers marketed totally different flavours of vape, offered for as much as £20, from “pink lemonade” to “blue power calypso”.

The UK faces a ‘nicotine time-bomb’ for youngsters

The findings have prompted the pinnacle of Britain’s greatest habit clinic to warn the UK faces a “nicotine time-bomb” amongst kids.

John Dicey, the chief government of Allen Carr’s Easyway, stated: “There isn’t a doubt that there’s a nicotine time-bomb ticking away amongst UK kids who change into hooked on nicotine at an early age and the unregulated promotion of vapes on a complete number of social media platforms (similar to TikTok) is making certain that kids change into straightforward prey to these pushing the drug.”

After The Telegraph approached TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat for remark, the accounts had been deleted.

A TikTok spokesperson stated: “At TikTok, nothing is extra vital than holding our group secure, particularly on the subject of our youthful customers. We strictly prohibit content material that depicts or promotes the sale, commerce or provide of tobacco, together with vaping merchandise, and we have now eliminated the accounts delivered to our consideration.”

A spokesperson for Meta, which owns Instagram, stated: “We don’t enable the sale or promoting of tobacco-related merchandise on Instagram, and after we discover content material that violates these insurance policies we take motion. We have now eliminated the accounts delivered to our consideration.”

A Snapchat spokesperson stated: “It’s towards our guidelines to make use of Snapchat to promote vaping merchandise to folks of any age, not to mention minors. In addition to eradicating violating snaps or accounts, we prohibit search phrases related to vaping and don’t enable adverts that promote the sale of vape merchandise.

“We take swift motion after we’re made conscious of violations of our insurance policies and have eliminated the account recognized.”