The pharmacy chain will not promote single-use vapes however will proceed to supply refillable varieties, it advised C+D.
Superdrug introduced on Friday (September 22) that its UK and Eire shops are “exiting the single-use vape market”.
The pharmacy a number of advised C+D right now (September 25) that it’s going to not buy disposable vape merchandise and is now promoting of the remainder of its inventory, which incorporates Vuse GO and Flavaah bar vapes.
Superdrug first began promoting vapes in-store in 2015 and sells 1,300 disposable vapes per week on common, it mentioned.
The chain confirmed to C+D that it’s going to nonetheless promote “closed system” refillable vapes, as these have a decrease influence on the setting as a result of the pen could be recharged and reused with a brand new pod.
“Alarming for the setting”
Superdrug executives careworn that the environmental influence of single-use vapes was largely behind the choice to exit the market.
Lucy Morton-Channon, Superdrug’s head of ESG, mentioned she was “happy that [the multiple has] determined to take away them from all shops”, provided that the speed shoppers are “utilizing” and “discarding [single-use vapes] is worrying and alarming for the setting”.
“Many of those single-use vapes include lithium batteries” and “find yourself in landfill” main “to a danger of fires”, she added.
“The lasting results that single-use vapes are having on the setting must be addressed”, she mentioned.
Superdrug healthcare director Ghada Beal added that the a number of “[needs] to be accountable in regards to the rising pattern in disposable vapes amongst younger folks and the lasting impact on the setting”.
Ms Beal additionally mentioned that it was the a number of’s “duty…to supply the only option for shoppers who need options to cigarettes whether or not that’s smoking cessation merchandise or vaping choices”.
Superdrug mentioned that prospects ought to “go to a Superdrug retailer and communicate to a crew member” to entry “a variety of merchandise to assist folks stop smoking or in the reduction of on their nicotine consumption”.