Poland Moves to Ban Sale of Vapes to Minors

Poland Vape Ban Minors

In a press conference held on Friday, Health Minister Izabela Leszczyna announced that her department has drafted a bill to prohibit the sale of disposable e-cigarettes to children and teenagers under the age of 18. The minister expressed her hope for swift implementation of the new legislation, stating that she will be seeking the Prime Minister’s support in this matter.

“I have a draft bill ready and next week I will discuss it at the Prime Minister’s office,” Leszczyna said. “I have completed all consultations and analyses with experts, primarily doctors. I am convinced that we will manage with a law that will protect the kids. I hope that by the summer holidays, we will have secured protection for children and teenagers under 18.”

Two Projects Address E-cigarette Concerns

The proposed ban on the sale of disposable e-cigarettes to minors fulfills the promises made by the Minister of Health in February. The health department has prepared two projects to tackle this issue. The first project is more comprehensive and would require EU notification, while the second project focuses specifically on protecting children and teenagers up to the age of 18.

When asked whether the statutory ban would also cover tobacco heaters, Minister Leszczyna referred to the European Tobacco Directive, which regulates all products containing nicotine. “Children and teenagers cannot buy such e-cigarettes, whether disposable or not, which contain nicotine,” she clarified. “However, what I care about the most is that they also should not be able to purchase those electronic cigarettes that do not contain nicotine—as they are accessible to them and, as all experts virtually agree, are simply harmful.”

Collaboration with State Agencies

To bolster the Ministry of Health’s efforts, Leszczyna has sought the support of the State Trade Inspection and the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. By working together with these agencies, the health department aims to enforce the proposed ban effectively and ensure that the well-being of Poland’s youth remains a top priority.

The introduction of this legislation marks a significant step towards protecting children and teenagers from the potential dangers associated with e-cigarette use. As the bill progresses through the legislative process, the Ministry of Health remains committed to safeguarding the health of the nation’s youth and creating a safer environment for all.

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Zakaz sprzedaży e-papierosów dzieciakom. Leszczyna podała termin

Matthew Ma