According to a report from Zeit, the medical association of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany has advocated for a ban on disposable e-cigarettes at a meeting held in Dusseldorf on November 18th.
The association points out that when e-liquid is heated, it produces aerosols that may harm the heart and respiratory system, as well as potentially trigger respiratory diseases and allergies. In addition, disposable e-cigarettes are typically discarded in regular trash bins rather than electronic waste recycling stations, causing significant environmental pollution.
The association is calling for an immediate prohibition or at least restrictions on the production and sale of disposable e-cigarettes. According to the association’s report, sales of e-cigarettes and disposable e-cigarettes have increased by 40% between 2021 and 2022.
Association President Rudolf Heng stated that the various shapes and vibrant colors of e-cigarettes primarily attract adolescent consumers. He called on legislators to better protect children, teenagers, and pregnant women from the harms of secondhand smoke.