France’s Parliament Votes Unanimously to Ban Disposable E-Cigarettes

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France’s National Assembly unanimously passed a bill to ban disposable e-cigarettes, aiming for approval from the European Commission by summer 2024. According to Ouest-France, the bill will now be submitted to the French Senate and will also require approval from the European Commission. The government hopes to complete this process by the end of summer 2024.

The disposable e-cigarette, also known as “puffs” in France, is gaining popularity among young people. These products have nicotine levels ranging from 0 to 20 milligrams per milliliter. This has drawn criticism from the Minister of Health, Aurélien Rousseau, who believes that it is leading to “severe dependency,” particularly among minors.

A unanimous decision was reached by all the 104 members of the French National Assembly on this bipartisan legislative proposal. The bill was initiated by Francesca Pasquini, a member of the Ecology Party, and Michel Lauzzana, a member of the Renaissance Party, and it received support from all political groups.

The French National Academy of Medicine has labeled disposable e-cigarettes (puffs) as a “trap for children and adolescents,” according to Michel Lauzana (Renaissance).

Health Minister Aurélien Rousseau has issued a warning, stating that in the age group of 13 to 16, one out of every ten teenagers has already experimented with smoking.
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