France’s parliament considers a ban on single-use e-cigarettes

PARIS — The French parliament is contemplating a ban on single-use, disposable digital cigarettes which are in style with youngsters for his or her candy flavors and are underneath scrutiny as a brand new supply of trash.

The ban, supported Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau, goals to guard the well being of youths and mitigate the environmental impacts of the more and more in style disposable merchandise generally known as “puffs.”

The National Assembly was anticipated to vote on the measure Monday evening. If handed, it might then transfer to the Senate and will go into impact by September 2024.

Disposable e-cigarettes are small, battery-powered units that ship vaporized nicotine with numerous flavorings. While they don’t comprise tobacco, many embrace nicotine, a substance identified for its addictive and poisonous properties.

They differ from reusable vaping units in that they don’t seem to be designed to be refilled or recharged. Their small, non-rechargeable lithium batteries usually find yourself in landfills.

Their rising reputation amongst youngsters, because of their tangy or fruity tastes and colourful designs, is inflicting alarm amongst lawmakers.

This invoice is a part of a broader development. The UK, Ireland, and Germany are contemplating comparable measures. New Zealand and Australia have already carried out restrictions. New Zealand’s measures embrace mandating decrease nicotine ranges and restrictions on vape store areas close to faculties.

The surge in disposable e-cigarettes within the U.S. market, primarily from China, following the Food and Drug Administration’s 2020 ban on flavored reusable e-cigarettes like Juul, exemplifies the broader problem. The taste restrictions didn’t apply to disposable merchandise, which proliferated within the wake of the regulation.

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