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Disposable vapes to be banned in the UK: Tech & Science Daily podcast

Disposable vapes to be banned in the UK (PA Archive)
Disposable vapes to be banned in the UK (PA Archive)

The government has announced that disposable vapes are to be banned in the UK to protect children's health.

Although it is already illegal to sell any vape to anyone under 18, the government says disposable vapes which are often sold in more colourful packaging than refillable ones - are a "key driver behind the alarming rise in youth vaping".

Figures from the Action on Smoking and Health charity suggest 7.6% of 11 to 17-year-olds now vape regularly or occasionally, up from 4.1% in 2020.

Japan's Slim spacecraft has regained power nine days after its historic lunar landing. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said it managed to re-established contact with the lander on Sunday after a power supply issue.

The Moon Lander’s solar cells are reportedly working again following a shift in lighting conditions that allowed it to catch sunlight.

X has blocked searches for Taylor Swift after explicit AI images of her went viral online. Searches for Swift’s name on the social media platform showed the error message: “Something went wrong. Try reloading.”

In a statement X said “This is a temporary action and done with an abundance of caution as we prioritise safety on this issue.”

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