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The ban on "puffs" is on the agenda of the National Assembly

2023-12-04T09:07:02.439Z

Highlights: MPs will consider a bill to ban these disposable single-use electronic cigarettes. These cheap products, with a tangy or fruity taste and colorful design, are worrisome because they are particularly targeted at teenagers. "Puffs" are a "paediatric epidemic", he had criticised, referring to first users as young as "11 or 12 years old" Sold since 2020, these e-cigarettes remain on paper, forbidden to minors. They contain a small lithium battery with little or no rechargeable battery that ends up in the trash.


This bill to ban these e-cigarettes will then go to the Senate, in the hope of banning e-cigarettes.


The National Assembly is cracking down on the "puffs". On Monday evening, MPs will consider a bill to ban these disposable single-use electronic cigarettes, which have been criticised for their health and environmental risks. These cheap products, with a tangy or fruity taste and colorful design, are worrisome because they are particularly targeted at teenagers.

Last week, MPs took a first step towards banning puffs by adopting a cross-party bill to ban them in committee. Led by the ecologist Francesca Pasquini and the Macronist Michel Lauzzana, the text was unanimously approved in committee, before it arrived in the Assembly hemicycle on Monday, at first reading. He will then head to the Senate, hoping to ban puffs by the end of the summer.

A 'paediatric epidemic'

Francesca Pasquini is alarmed by the "dazzling success" among teenagers of these "disposable electronic cigarettes", with "aromas that evoke childhood" and "flashy colours", which "are easily confused in a kit with stabilos". "They do not contain tobacco but may contain nicotine", a "poisonous substance" and "addictive", denounced the deputy of Hauts-de-Seine.

Last Monday, the Green MEP invited a series of associative actors to the Assembly, including Loïc Josseran, president of the Alliance Against Tobacco. "Puffs" are a "paediatric epidemic", he had criticised, referring to first users as young as "11 or 12 years old". Sold since 2020, these e-cigarettes remain on paper, forbidden to minors.

A 'disaster for the environment'

Beyond the health issue, the "puff" is also an environmental scourge. Elected official Francesca Pasquini denounced the "environmental disaster" that these cigarettes represent. And for good reason, the "puffs contain a small lithium battery with little or no rechargeable battery that ends up in the trash".

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This bill is supported by the government. After the text was tabled in November 2022, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne in turn called for a ban on "puffs" in early September. "We will ban puffs," an "aberration" for public health and the environment, Health Minister Aurélien Rousseau repeated last Tuesday.

Source: leparis

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