In a concerning development, UK experts have discovered the presence of a highly dangerous substance called xylazine in some confiscated cannabis THC vapes. Xylazine, a sedative designed for use on large animals such as cows and horses, can be lethal when consumed by humans.

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Poland finds itself amidst a heated debate concerning the proposed complete ban on single-use e-cigarettes. The Ministry of Health has announced radical measures to prohibit their sales, citing concerns over youth popularity and online accessibility. However, the Vaping Industry Employers’ Association (ZPBV) warns that such a ban may have unintended consequences, urging for a more nuanced approach. Read more

Virginia is on the verge of implementing a new law that would pull flavored vape products lacking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval from store shelves. The identical bills, sponsored by Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico) and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville), have passed both chambers of the state legislature and now await Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s signature. Read more

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has signed House Bill 11 into law, making the state the sixth in the nation to implement a Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) registry law. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 28, will take effect on January 1, 2025. Read more

In a bid to curb the rising trend of e-cigarette use among young people, Nepal is on the verge of implementing a ban on these devices, as reported by MyRepublica. Bhakta Bahadur KC, an information officer at the National Health Education, Information and Communication Center, stated that the move comes in response to the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among the youth. Read more

In a groundbreaking study published in Tobacco & Nicotine Research, researchers have discovered that vaping could be a crucial tool in helping people quit smoking. The findings suggest that individuals who start using e-cigarettes are more likely to stop smoking traditional cigarettes entirely, marking a significant shift from previous research.

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The U.S. vape market experienced significant growth in 2021, with combined sales of cartridge-based and disposable e-cigarette products from nine leading manufacturers exceeding $2.67 billion, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) third report on e-cigarette sales and advertising. The report, released on April 3, 2024, also highlighted a $370 million increase in sales between 2020 and 2021, and a $90.6 million rise in advertising and promotional spending by e-cigarette companies. Read more

A recent study conducted by online vape store Go Smoke Free has revealed that Blackburn, a former mill town in Lancashire, has the highest concentration of vape shops in the United Kingdom. The research, which analyzed data from Companies House, found that Blackburn had 22.56 e-cigarette shops per 100,000 people, surpassing other major cities such as Bolton, Manchester, and Middlesbrough. Read more

New York, NY – In a major crackdown on the illegal sale of flavored disposable vapes, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Corporation Counsel Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix announced today that the city has filed a lawsuit against 11 wholesalers. The defendants, located in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and upstate New York, are accused of distributing youth-friendly flavored disposable vapes to retail vape and smoke shops, convenience stores, and directly to consumers over the internet, in violation of federal, state, and city laws. Read more

As disposable vapes continue to gain popularity across Europe, several countries are grappling with the challenges of implementing bans on these products. Following the United Kingdom’s lead, nations such as France, Belgium, Poland, Australia, and New Zealand have expressed their intention to prohibit the sale of disposable e-cigarettes. However, the path to enacting these bans has been marked by delays and obstacles.

Poland: Booming Sales and Delayed Legislation

In Poland, the sale of disposable vapes has skyrocketed in recent years. Data shows that sales reached 32 million units in 2022 and are expected to surpass 100 million by 2023. The Polish Market Monitoring Center estimates the market value of disposable e-cigarettes in Poland to be approximately PLN 2 billion (USD 500 million).

Polish Health Minister Izabela Leszczyna, who described the ban on disposable vapes as “urgent” in a television interview, recently admitted that the planned end of work on the legislation in March had been delayed due to other tasks. She assured that April would be the deadline for completing the bill.

France: Parliamentary Agreement and September Implementation

On March 21, the French Parliament reached an agreement to ban disposable vapes. The ban, expected to take effect at the end of September 2024, prohibits the manufacture, sale, or free provision of these products. Violators will face a fine of 100,000 euros.

The bill was passed by the Parliament in December 2023, unanimously approved by the Senate in early February, and reached a consensus in the Joint Committee (CMP) composed of members of both houses of Congress on March 21. The government swiftly announced its decision to notify the European Commission, which has six months to certify the legislation before it takes effect in September.

Belgium: Taxation and European Commission Approval

Belgium has taken a two-pronged approach to addressing the disposable vape issue. Starting from January 1, 2024, the country will implement a new tax policy on e-cigarette oil, charging 15 euro cents per milliliter. A spokesman for the Ministry of Finance stated that the tax rate aligns with Germany’s and is likely to increase in the coming years.

Additionally, Belgian authorities have decided to ban the sale of disposable vapes from January 1, 2026. To comply with European law, specifically the Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU), Belgium requires approval from the European Commission to implement its new regulations. The European Commission has now announced its support for Belgium’s bill, paving the way for the country to become the first in the EU to ban disposable e-cigarettes.

Calls for Action and Industry Response

In March 2023, seven major associations, including the European Association for Waste Disposal and Resource Utilization (FEAD) and the European Waste Energy Plant Association (CEWEP), jointly called for a ban on disposable e-cigarettes by the end of 2024. Their primary concern lies in the environmental impact of the lithium batteries contained in these products, which have caused fires due to improper disposal.

In response to the growing concerns, European Cargo Luxembourg International Airlines (Cargolux) announced that it and its subsidiary, Cargolux Italian Branch, would stop transporting disposable e-cigarettes. The company expressed hope that other logistics companies would follow suit, potentially impacting the supply and production chain of disposable e-cigarettes in Europe.

As the debate surrounding disposable vapes continues, it remains to be seen how effectively and swiftly European countries will implement their proposed bans. The obstacles faced by legislators and the response from industry stakeholders highlight the complexities of addressing this growing issue while balancing public health, environmental concerns, and economic interests.