A FUMING father has sounded a warning after his 13-year-old son bought an electronic cigarette substitute.
There are no current laws to stop youngsters buying devices such as vapour pens and e-cigarettes, which mimic the effect of the real thing.
Vapour pens produce a vapour that is potentially less harmful than cigarette smoke and free of some of its damaging substances, such as tar.
Although there are plans to change the law to prevent under 18s buying the products, dad Neil Pilkington, of Sunderland, said action should be taken straight away after his teenage son came home with one.
He said: “My son bought this in a city centre shop - he was doing nothing wrong and the shop was doing nothing wrong.
“But surely there is something morally dubious about selling these products to children.
“I’m happy that an adult can have the option of stopping smoking by using these products, but we are talking about children and children shouldn’t be buying products designed for adults.”
An estimated 1.3million people in the UK use e-cigarettes which were designed to help smokers quit.
The battery-powered devices, which can be bought online and in some pubs, chemists and newsagents across the city, deliver a hit of addictive nicotine and emit water vapour to mimic the feeling and look of smoking.
Earlier this year, the Government announced plans to ban their sale to under 18s.