Outrage as young girl gets vapes and £1.8k iPhone as first-communion present

A shocking video has sparked outrage online after a schoolgirl was gifted e-cigarettes as first-communion presents.

The youngster, who was no older than 10, was seen unpacking the boxes of vapes and cartridges at the event in Seville, Spain.

She was seen grinning and dancing after receiving several flavours, with adults cheering around her.

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The clip ends with the elated girl finding the latest-generation iPhone, which costs up to £1,800.

She was later seen getting emotional before hugging a woman and a man who was seen clutching an extremely-thick wad of banknotes.

According to the anti-smoking association Nofumadores.org, was shared on social media on May 22 and received more than 180,000 views before being removed.

In a statement, the organisation said: "The minor, who doesn't seem to be older than 10 years old, is seen taking out cartridges or pods of all colours and flavours from a gift box, amidst colourful papers.

"Two, four, six… She continues searching. 'Give me one, give me one,' shouts one of the cheering children.

"She keeps taking them out until another yells, 'Sell them!' 'There are more, there are more,' in fact, up to a dozen, a sign that at least a few knew what the gift consisted of, and no dissenting voices are heard."

Nofumadores.org president Raquel Fernandez Megina said: "We need to understand that vaping is smoking. The government must act now and prohibit this industry.

"It's not about ending a particular flavour; it's about cutting this problem at its roots. It's a harmful and predatory sector, closely related to tobacco, and it will make this girl a smoker before she turns 14."

According to Spanish law: "It is prohibited to sell or provide tobacco products to persons under 18 years of age, as well as any other product that imitates them and induces smoking.

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"In particular, the sale of sweets, snacks, toys, and other objects that resemble tobacco products and may be attractive to minors is prohibited."
Studies have shown that smoking is a strong part of the cultural, ethnic, and individual identity of Roma, or Romany, people, even among children.

The First Holy Communion is a religious ceremony performed in church by Catholics when a child reaches the age of around 7-8 years.

It celebrates the first time that they accept the bread and wine.

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