Poland Proposes Ban on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

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The Polish Ministry of Health has announced plans to amend the Tobacco Act, aiming to ban the sale of all types of e-cigarettes and refill containers to individuals under 18 years of age, regardless of nicotine content. This move comes as a direct response to the growing concern over the abuse of these products among young people.

Ministry Cites Urgent Need to Address Public Health Threat

In a statement, the Ministry of Health highlighted the urgent need to limit e-cigarette use among youth, emphasizing that these products pose a clear threat to public health, particularly to the younger generation and non-smokers. By including the proposed amendment in the list of legislative and programmatic works of the Council of Ministers, the government has signaled its commitment to swift action on this issue.

Amendment Seeks to Extend Regulations to Nicotine-Free Products

While the current Tobacco Act, which aligns with the European Union’s Directive 2014/40/EU, regulates the market for nicotine-containing e-cigarette liquids, the proposed amendment aims to extend these regulations to nicotine-free products. The Ministry of Health plans to introduce several key measures, including:

  1. Prohibiting the sale of nicotine-free e-cigarettes and refill containers to persons under 18 years of age.
  2. Limiting the use of nicotine-free e-cigarettes in public spaces, mirroring the regulations for nicotine-containing products.
  3. Banning the sale of nicotine-free e-cigarettes through vending machines and distance selling, including online platforms.
  4. Prohibiting the advertising and promotion of nicotine-free e-cigarettes.
  5. Mandating manufacturers to report nicotine-free e-cigarettes to the Office for Chemical Substances.

Government Expects Swift Implementation

The Ministry of Health anticipates that the new regulations will be adopted in the third quarter of this year, demonstrating the government’s commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its younger citizens. As Poland takes decisive action to combat the harmful effects of e-cigarettes on public health, the proposed amendment to the Tobacco Act serves as a crucial step in safeguarding the future of the nation’s youth.

Source: Będzie zakaz sprzedaży e-papierosów osobom poniżej 18. roku życia

Matthew Ma