Proposal to Ban Vape Sales in Kazakhstan by a Deputy
During a chamber meeting, Nurghul Tau, a Mazhilis deputy, expressed her concerns about the threat vaping poses to the younger generation. She has called for a ban on their sales in Kazakhstan, as reported by Zakon.kz’s correspondent.
In her appeal to the Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, Nurghul Tau highlighted the widespread use and popularity of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vapes”, among school students and young adults.
The deputy has asked the government to consider a complete ban on the sale of vapes in the country, as well as to prohibit the advertising of electronic cigarettes, including vapes, and to tighten up responsibilities in this regard.
“The current epidemic of electronic cigarette addiction is growing at a progressive rate,” she stated. Referring to the views of health experts, the deputy added that electronic cigarettes contain over 30 toxic substances, such as nicotine, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, tar-like substances, and organic acids.
“Electronic cigarettes are damaging human lungs. Because of the unrestricted sale of electronic cigarettes in the country, the situation with their use is escalating each year. They are sold at all sales points, and they are affordable – the average price doesn’t exceed 2,000 tenge,” she pointed out.
In conclusion, the deputy noted that at present, 32 countries, including Denmark, Norway, Uruguay, Argentina, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Lebanon, Qatar, and other countries have banned the sale of vapes.
It was previously reported that the Mazhilis deputies supported a bill introducing strict restrictions for scooter users. These norms are introduced to ensure the safety of pedestrians primarily.