A CLYDEBANK man is aiming to encourage the Scottish Government to record figures relating to vaping-related illnesses and deaths.

Craig Edward has lodged a petition on the matter to the Scottish Parliament which will be considered by the Public Petitions Committee at its meeting on Thursday, January 16.

Craig, 30, from Radnor Park, told the Post: “The main reason I started this petition is because of the numerous people I see around Clydebank with ‘flavoured’ vaping oils and tobacco products such as bubblegum and chocolate which clearly are marketed at younger age groups which I think is irresponsible.

“After some research, I found that vaping related deaths and illnesses are not recorded in Scotland, like traditional cigarettes are.

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“Monitoring of vaping is also not done with expectant mothers, which is a missed health intervention opportunity.

“I am not saying that vaping is good, bad or indifferent. What I am trying to achieve is the Scottish Government enforcing health boards to record vaping data to enable evidence-based research and data gathering.

“We know very little about the long term health outcomes of vaping, and we already have terrible health outcomes in the west of Scotland.

“This is a sensible public health approach that will benefit many people for years to come.”