Belgium to Ban Disposable Vapes by January 2025

Belgium bans disposable vapes

In a landmark move towards achieving a “tobacco-free generation,” Belgium has announced a nationwide ban on the sale of disposable vapes, set to take effect on January 1, 2025. The decision, announced by Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke on Saturday, positions Belgium as the first country in Europe to implement such a ban, with the exception of the United Kingdom, which is no longer part of the European Union.

European Commission Approves Belgium’s Ban on Disposable Vapes

The Belgian government submitted a regulation prohibiting disposable electronic cigarettes to the European Commission as early as 2021. After a thorough review process, the Commission has finally approved the submitted dossier this week, granting Belgium the authority to proceed with the ban.

Minister Vandenbroucke expressed his satisfaction with the decision, stating, “The disposable vape does a lot of harm to society and the environment. It primarily targets our youth, and I am therefore pleased to be able to remove it from the market.”

Belgium’s Anti-Tobacco Plan: Protecting Citizens and Promoting Health

The ban on disposable vapes is part of a comprehensive anti-tobacco plan championed by Minister Vandenbroucke, which aims to motivate smokers to quit and prevent non-smokers from starting. Smoking remains one of the leading causes of preventable illness and death in Belgium, and the government has introduced a series of measures to address this public health issue.

“Our goal is a tobacco-free generation, and we want citizens, especially young people, to be better protected and have fewer interactions with tobacco or alternative smoking products,” emphasized the minister.

Drafting the Royal Decree and Implementing the Ban

With the European Commission’s approval in hand, the Belgian government is now in the process of drafting the royal decree that will officially ban disposable e-cigarettes. The ban is set to come into effect on January 1, 2025, giving the industry and consumers time to adapt to the new regulations.

Minister Vandenbroucke highlighted the significance of this move, stating, “By taking this measure, we are removing from the market an extremely harmful product, which is also cheap and therefore attractive to young people. Belgium is playing a pioneering role in Europe in weakening the tobacco lobby. This is a new milestone in our fight against smoking.”

As Belgium takes this bold step towards protecting public health and combating the tobacco industry, the international community will be closely watching the impact of this groundbreaking legislation.

Matthew Ma