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France to ban disposable e-cigarettes: ‘Youth drawn to their flavors’

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Dec 05, 2023 04:36 PM IST

Lawmakers adopted the bill in a late-night vote by 104 in favor, zero against.

France's National Assembly unanimously approved a bill to ban single-use, disposable electronic cigarettes, in an attempt to protect young people drawn to their flavors and mitigate the environmental impacts of the disposable products known as “puffs.”

Disposable electronic cigarettes displayed on table at La Vapotitheque store in Bethune, northern France.(AFP)
Disposable electronic cigarettes displayed on table at La Vapotitheque store in Bethune, northern France.(AFP)

Lawmakers adopted the bill in a late-night vote on Monday by 104 in favor, zero against.

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The bill, supported by the government, will then move to the Senate where it is expected to be adopted as well. It could go into effect by September 2024.

Disposable e-cigarettes are small, battery-powered devices that are especially popular among teenagers for their sweet flavors. While they do not contain tobacco, many include nicotine, a dangerous chemical known for its addictive properties.

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They differ from reusable vaping devices in that they are not designed to be refilled or recharged. Their small, non-rechargeable lithium batteries often end up in landfills.

This bill is part of a broader trend. The UK, Ireland, and Germany are considering similar measures. New Zealand and Australia have already implemented restrictions, with the former mandating lower nicotine levels and restrictions on vape shop locations near schools.

Three years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cracked down on kid-friendly flavored reusable e-cigarettes like Juul. However, the ban — which didn't apply to single-use products — was unable to stop a surge in unauthorized disposable e-cigarettes, primarily from China, from flooding the market.

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