A councillor in Tweeddale has raised concerns about single-use vape e-cigarettes and is now pushing for a ban on such products due to their potentially harmful effects on health and the environment. Although e-cigarettes have grown in popularity and are considered by many as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, there is still a rising concern over their long-term impact. Waitrose recently stopped selling single-use vaping products due to their negative impact, and Glasgow Council has also called for a ban on disposable vapes for the same reasons. The Scottish Government has also commissioned a review into the impact of single-use vapes due to increased littering. A motion to support a ban on single vape e-cigarettes is being presented to Scottish Borders Council and will be brought up during the next meeting. Councillor Robin Tatler, the independent Tweeddale East ward councillor, requested the council to take the necessary steps to ban the sale of single-use Nicotine Vaping Products (NVPs). He also emphasised the increasing impact that these single-use products are having on the environment and the health of young people. In support of his motion, Tatler has requested that the chief executive write to both the Scottish and Westminster governments to express Scottish Borders Council’s support for the proposed ban and to implement measures in support of such a ban. He also raised the issue of Zombie batteries, which are said to cause hundreds of fires that are dangerous to the environment and people’s safety. Discarded vapes account for about ten tonnes of lithium, which is sent to waste incinerators or landfills annually. This amount of lithium is enough to make batteries for over 1,200 electric cars. Such products create extremely toxic waste and harm children, pets, and wildlife. The Scottish Borders Council will meet on Thursday to discuss Tatler’s motion.