Vaping: EU proposes ban on sale of flavoured heated tobacco merchandise
The European Fee has proposed banning the sale of flavoured heated tobacco merchandise in its efforts to struggle most cancers.
The ban would solely cowl vaping objects that ship heated tobacco, and won’t have an effect on many e-cigarettes, which solely include nicotine.
A latest Fee examine confirmed a ten% improve in gross sales of heated tobacco merchandise in additional than 5 member nations, whereas heated tobacco merchandise exceeded 2.5 % of complete gross sales of tobacco merchandise total throughout the area.
“With 9 out of 10 lung cancers attributable to tobacco, we need to make smoking as unattractive as potential to guard the well being of our residents and save lives,” mentioned EU Well being & Meals Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.
In line with EU figures, most cancers is the second-leading reason for loss of life within the bloc, with round 1.3 million most cancers fatalities and three.5 million new circumstances annually.
An estimated 40% of EU residents will face most cancers sooner or later of their lives, with an annual financial affect estimated at round €100 billion.
The European Fee beforehand mentioned it wished to make sure that lower than 5% of the inhabitants makes use of tobacco by 2040.
The ban’s proposal now goes to member nations and European Parliament lawmakers for evaluation.