A Sneinton Pharmacist has called for a ban on vapes after 12-year-old Sarah Griffin suffered a collapsed lung.

Vapes were originally sold with the intent to put an end to smoking but have now shifted into a new addiction.

Kalem Burns, from Late Night Pharmacy, said that: “It’s very bad for your lungs, it causes all types of respiratory problems, cancer, addiction. A multitude of different things really.”

Following the story of Sarah Griffin there has been more attention directed towards the brightly coloured alternatives to smoking as it is seen to be marketed towards young people.

Like Miss Griffin, many children buy vapes over the counter despite the legalities surrounding the sale of vapes to those under 18.

Nottingham Trent University student Jade, 22, said that: “I started vaping because other people in my social circle started doing it and it’s almost like a stress reliever for me now.”

This is a common alternative for people as vapes are a cheaper and healthier option than cigarettes.

There has been a distinct change in the way that vapes are marketed which contributes to the usage which has expanded from past cigarette smokers to young children.

“The packaging can seem misleading towards children as they’re brightly coloured and clearly on display in shops and supermarkets which can make them seem like a novelty.”

Vapes are not only used as a way to stop smoking, but are being used as a tool to de-stress.

She added: “I wouldn’t say I’ve got an addiction; I can control when I vape, but generally I seem to vape more when I’m bored or feeling stressed.

“I think there should be restrictions on selling them, I normally get two at a time which fuels my habit more, if I could only buy one at a time I’d probably not vape as frequently.”

This has led to a call for more stricter restrictions.