MEPs from several political groups hope to vote in September the ban on puffs, these disposable electronic cigarettes popular with teenagers that worry doctors and health authorities. Launched in November by Green MP Francesca Pasquini, a member of the Nutes group, a bill aims to ban electronic vaping devices "as long as they are for single use", in other words puffs.
This trend of small colored tubes that we inhale arrived in France at the end of 2021. Sold between eight and twelve euros at tobacconists, on websites or in mass distribution, they offer a wide range of flavors (strawberry ice cream, sparkling cola or other bubble gum), and offer a number of puffs for a nicotine rate between 0 and 20 mg / ml. Faced with this phenomenon qualified as worrying, which seduces many adolescents, the Minister of Health François Braun "is fully in favor of a ban on puffs as part of the next National Program for the Control of Smoking (PNLT) 2023-2027". "He will also work with parliamentarians and associations mobilized on the subject," his office told AFP on Thursday.
With this support, we are hopeful of achieving this by the end of the year," Francesca Pasquini said Thursday at a press briefing at the National Assembly. His bill was signed by 63 MPs from eight different political groups, excluding LR and RN. The MP is now hoping for a place on the agenda of the Assembly so that it can be debated in plenary in October or November. "Everything is in place for the ban to arrive quickly," said the deputy of the presidential majority, Karl Olive (Renaissance), present at the press briefing and support of the text.
In the Senate, too, the subject is on the agenda. Senator LR Catherine Procaccia has just been entrusted with a mission on alternatives to tobacco by the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST), which enlightens Parliament on decisions in these areas.